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Keyword: wildland firefighting

Risk perception, aensemaking and resilient performance: The sounds of wildland firefighting in action

Publications Posted on: December 14, 2018
Managing wildland fire is an exercise in risk perception, sensemaking and resilient performance. Risk perception begins with individual size up of a wildfire to determine a course of action, and then becomes collective as the fire management team builds and continuously updates their common perception of risk.

The communicative construction of safety in wildland firefighting

Publications Posted on: October 02, 2012
This document is a summary of a mixed methods dissertation that examined the communicative construction of safety in wildland firefighting. For the dissertation, I used a two-study mixed methods approach, examining the communicative accomplishment of safety from two perspectives: high reliability organizing (Weick, Sutcliffe, & Obstfeld, 1999), and safety climate (Zohar, 1980).

Mindfulness as an organizational capability: Evidence from wildland firefighting

Publications Posted on: August 23, 2010
Mindful organizing has been proposed as an adaptive form for unpredictable, unknowable environments. Mindfulness induces a rich awareness of details and facilitates the discovery and correction of ill-structured contingencies so that adaptations can be made as action unfolds. Although these ideas are appealing, empirical studies examining mindfulness and its effects are limited. This study aims at remedying this situation.