Ad hoc crisis management and crisis evasion

Tobin Hensgen, Kevin C. Desouza, J. Roberta Evaristo

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'We maintain the lack of organizational consideration for the affects of "emergence" is the real culprit in terms of organizational crises. Emergence discards the notion that organizations are deterministic and top-down in nature in favor of the view that holds an organization's existence depends on rules of evolution that include a capacity to realize and react to adapt to sudden changes as they occur. Such changes provide 'new' information that is often ignored although it may indicate a better way to handle an evolving situation before it reaches fruition. We assert that the sheer complexity associated with the information infrastructure that might have averted many disasters makes a human top-down or any a priori ordered approach to crisis inadequate. The study of emergence, specifically during impending crisis, employs an adhoc method intended to anticipate problems before they develop and should be regarded as a relevant step toward evading crisis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-274
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Technology, Policy and Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Cohesion
  • Complexity
  • Consequence
  • Coupling
  • Cybernetics
  • Emergence
  • Entropy
  • Information theory
  • Probability
  • Semiotics
  • Validity
  • Value-based theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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