A typology of crises
Introduction (via Husdal)
What defines a crisis? Are there different types of crises? Crisis management is the focus of this week’s posts and today’s article attempts to develop a scheme for classifying different types of crises. In Towards a New Typology of Crises by Stephan Gundel, crises are classified according to how predictable and influenceable they are. This generates four types of crises: Conventional, Unexpected, Intractable and Fundamental crisis. Is that a useful differentiation for the practical handling of crises and for research into crisis management? Let’s look at how the author came to land on such a typology.
Three basic questions
The paper seeks to answer three questions:
- Why do we need a typology of crises? What attributes characterize a crisis typology that is of use both today and in the future?
- What are the typologies used now and why are they not sufficient?
- What consequences for managing crises arise from a new typology of crises?