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Managing the Unexpected


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Preface vii Acknowledgments xi Chapter 1 Mismanaging the Unexpected 1 Chapter 2 The Infrastructure of Mindful Organizing 21 Chapter 3 Principle 1: Preoccupation with Failure 45 Chapter 4 Principle 2: Reluctance to Simplify 62 Chapter 5 Principle 3: Sensitivity to Operations 77 Chapter 6 Principle 4: Commitment to Resilience 94 Chapter 7 Principle 5: Deference to Expertise 112 Chapter 8 Organizational Culture and Reliability 129 Chapter 9 Sustaining Sustained Performance 148 Notes 163 About the Authors 195 Index 197

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KARL E. WEICK is the Rensis Likert Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior and Psychology at the University of Michigan. Weick received the Irwin Award and Best Article of the Year award from the Academy of Management. Fast Company's Senior Editor Keith Hammonds calls Weick "the smartest business thinker that you've never heard of." KATHLEEN M. SUTCLIFFE is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and the Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor Emerita of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. She was named Researcher of the year and has served on a National Academy of Science panel to assess the resilience of the Department of Homeland Security.

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