Learning to bridge the gap between adaptive management and organisational culture

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Adaptive management is the problem-solving approach of choice proposed for complex and multi stakeholder environments, which are, at best, only partly predictable. We discuss the implications of this approach as applicable to scientists, who have to overcome certain entrained behaviour patterns in order to participate effectively in an adaptive management process. The challenge does not end there. Scientists and managers soon discover that an adaptive management approach does not only challenge conventional scientific and management behaviour but also clashes with contemporary organisational culture. We explore the shortcomings and requirements of organisations with regard to enabling adaptive management. Our overall conclusion relates to whether organisations are learning-centred or not. Do we continue to filter out unfamiliar information which does not fit our world view and avoid situations where we might fail, or do we use new and challenging situations to reframe the question and prepare ourselves for continued learning?. © 2011.




Stirzaker, R. J., Roux, D. J., & Biggs, H. C. (2011). Learning to bridge the gap between adaptive management and organisational culture. Koedoe, 53(2). https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v53i2.1007

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