There is not enough understanding of the issues affecting our environment and climate system. This raises the crucial question: are modern managers prepared to ‘embed’ themselves in our natural world to monitor and make sense of local variability in the natural environment?

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This article draws its inspiration from Gail Whiteman’s Inaugural Lecture: Making sense of climate change: how to avoid the next big flood. A transcript of this lecture is available at: It is also inspired by the paper Ecological Sensemaking, which was written by Gail Whiteman and William H. Cooper and published in the Academy of Management Journal 2011, Vol. 54, No 5, 889-911, rePub handle
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University

Whiteman, G.M. (2012). Ecological sensemaking and climate change. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 9(1), 8–10. Retrieved from


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