Changing times: what organisations can learn from Brexit and the 2016 US presidential election

Julian Adrian Randall, Rune Todnem By, Jeffrey Ford

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Last year we referred to Mark Twain’s observation that "It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so." At the time of writing no one really thought the UK would vote to leave the EU. On the other side of the pond, not many people thought Donald J. Trump would stand a chance winning the Republican Presidential Nomination, and for sure, he would never, ever in a million years win the presidential election. Of course he wouldn´t. David Cameron knew the Brexit side would never win the vote, and the Republican Party knew The Don would never win the nomination. We all knew. Well, we thought we knew… Now that we know that everyone but Michael Moore were wrong, we need to learn. The only thing we know for sure is that we will make the same mistakes again because learning is not something most organisations are very good at. In chronological order, we start with Brexit.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberRJCM 1279824
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Change Management
Issue number1
Early online date3 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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