Making Sense of the Organization, Volume 2: The Impermanent Organization

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 12, 2012 - Business & Economics - 310 pages
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Making Sense of the Organization elaborates on the influential idea that organizations are interpretation systems that scan, interpret, and learn.  These selected essays represent a new approach to the way managers learn and act in response to their environment and the way organizational change evolves.  Readers of this volume will find a wealth of examples and insights which go well beyond thinking and cognition to explain action.  The author's ideas are at the forefront of our thinking on leadership, teams, and the management of change.

“This book engages the puzzle of impermanence in organizing. Through rich examples, evocative language, artful literature citing, and imaginative connecting, Weick re-introduces core ideas and themes around attending, interpreting, acting and learning to unlock new insights about impermanent organizing.  The wisdom in this book is timeless and timely. It prods scholars and managers of organizations to complicate their views of organizing in ways that enrich thought and action.” - Jane E. Dutton, Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor, University of Michigan

 

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Contents

Preface
Mundane Poetics Searching for Wisdom
Faith Evidence and Action Better Guesses in
Attending
Managing the Unexpected Complexity as Distributed
Information Overload Revisited
Organizing for Mindfulness Eastern Wisdom
Interpretation
Action
Enacting an Environment The Infrastructure
An Illustrative Delimiting of Enactment
Positive Organizing and Organizational Tragedy
Acknowledgment
Drop Your Tools An Allegory for Organizational
Leadership as the Legitimation of Doubt
Epilogue

Organizing and the Process of Sensemaking
Impermanent Systems and Medical Errors Variety

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Karl Weick is the Rensis Likert College Professor of Organizational Behavior and Psychology, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan.

He is one of the leading figures in the American Academy of Management and he is seen by many as one of the most influential thinkers and writers in the field.

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