Articles | Volume 14, issue 1
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 81–94, 2014

Special issue: Building social capacities for natural hazards: an emerging...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 81–94, 2014

Research article 14 Jan 2014

Research article | 14 Jan 2014

Goal-oriented networks and capacity building for natural hazards – examples in the Dresden region

G. Hutter G. Hutter
  • Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Dresden, Weberplatz 1, 01217 Dresden, Germany

Abstract. Networks and networking are important for building social capacities for natural hazards. However, up to now, it has been an open question which types of networks contribute to capacity building under certain circumstances. The paper focuses on the type of a goal-oriented network. The distinction between goal orientation and goal directedness is used to show the following: goal directedness of networks to build capacities for natural hazards involves intensive and continuous processes of "sensemaking" (Weick, 1995) to specify the network goal. This process of specifying an initial goal statement is important in small and large networks at the regional level. The governance form of a lead organization network facilitates goal specification. The paper illustrates these findings through evidence from two case studies conducted in the Dresden region in Germany.

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