Sensemaking in Organizations

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SAGE, May 31, 1995 - Business & Economics - 231 pages
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Finalist for the George Terry Award sponsored by the Academy of Management "This lovely and important book is the clearest, most complete, and interesting statement of sensemaking in organizations available. . . . It will have an impact on both new and experienced scholars." --Bob Sutton, Stanford University "Weick is artful. He masterfully constructs the sensemaking theoretical framework so that it can be better understood by the general scholar and in the process provides the reader with the sensemaking experience." -- Kathleen Sutcliffe, University of Minnesota The teaching of organization theory and the conduct of organizational research have been dominated by a focus on decision making and the conception of strategic rationality. The rational model, however, ignores the inherent complexity and ambiguity of real-world organizations and their environments. Karl E. Weick's new landmark volume, Sensemaking in Organizations, highlights how the "sensemaking" process--the creation of reality as an ongoing accomplishment that takes form when people make retrospective sense of the situations in which they find themselves--shapes organizational structure and behavior. Some of the topics Weick thoroughly covers are the concept, uniqueness, historical roots, varieties and occasions, general properties, and the future of sensemaking research and practice. Expertly written, Sensemaking in Organizations is the volume that students, scholars, and professors of organization and management studies must have.

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User Review  - Vern Glaser - Goodreads

another really good book. very insightful, he basically turns the focus off of the decisions organizations make and moves it on to how organizations interpret signals from the environment. quite interesting if you think about management/leadership topics Read full review

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User Review  - Kristin - Goodreads

I had to read this book for a corporate communications class and even though my professor SWEARS BY IT, myself and my classmates found it utterly useless. It is meant for academics and not for their students, maybe it has some useful information in it but it needs to be translated for laypeople. Read full review


The Nature of Sensemaking
Seven Properties of Sensemaking
Sensemaking in Organizations
Occasions for Sensemaking
The Substance of Sensemaking
BeliefDriven Processes of Sensemaking
ActionDriven Processes of Sensemaking
The Future of Sensemaking
Author Index
Subject Index
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Karl E. Weick is the Rensis Likert College Professor of Organizational Behavior and Psychology and Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. He has written numerous books and articles, including "Sensemaking in Organizations" (1995), and "The Social Psychology of Organizing" (Second Edition 1980).

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