Unprecedented but not unpredictable: why leaders fail to act

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Abstract

When reviewing disasters there is a recurring theme of inaction on the part of those responsible for preparing their communities or organisations. This inaction may be in the face of clear, logical warnings or in spite of emerging threats that have broad implications. This paper reviews a number of such cases and draws upon the research into cognitive biases and heuristics to help explain the seemingly inexplicable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEarth, Fire and Rain
Place of PublicationQueensland
PublisherAST Management Pty Ltd
Pages54-60
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781922232052
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventThe Australia and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference - Mecure Hotel, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 29 May 201331 May 2013

Conference

ConferenceThe Australia and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference
Abbreviated titleEarth: Fire & Rain
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period29/05/1331/05/13

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    Linsdell, G. (2013). Unprecedented but not unpredictable: why leaders fail to act. In Earth, Fire and Rain (pp. 54-60). AST Management Pty Ltd.