We are only fully aware of our dependency on large scale technical infrastructure systems when they fail to provide reliable services. Yet, at the same time we have witnessed the dismantling of the organizations providing these services due to privatization and liberalization policies. In this article we provide insight into the complexity of managing these now networked systems consisting of several private and public organizations, by looking at the Dutch railway system. More specifically we analyze a case in which the decision to take several railway tracks and switches out of service resulted in a large scale disruption during rush hour in one of the busiest parts of the Netherlands. With the concept of sensemaking we show that the different actors involved were unable to create a common understanding of the situation to enable coordinated action

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Dit onderzoek is uitgevoerd binnen het ExploRail onderzoeksprogramma, met als thema Whole System Performance. Het onderzoek maakt deel uit van het project Managing Complex System Disruptions (MaCSyD) en wordt gefinancierd door NWO, STW en ProRail

Schipper, D., Koppenjan, J., & Gerrits, L. (2015). Coördinatie in complexe systemen. Bestuurskunde, 24(3), 32–44. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/79597