Sensemaking in Organizations

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SAGE, May 31, 1995 - Business & Economics - 231 pages
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The teaching of organization theory and the conduct of organizational research have been dominated by a focus on decision-making and the concept of strategic rationality. However, the rational model ignores the inherent complexity and ambiguity of real-world organizations and their environments. In this landmark volume, Karl E Weick highlights how the `sensemaking' process shapes organizational structure and behaviour. The process is seen as the creation of reality as an ongoing accomplishment that takes form when people make retrospective sense of the situations in which they find themselves.
 

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User Review  - Alan Valdez - Goodreads

I borrowed this one from the library, but I will definetively want to have my own copy soon. As a note for myself, the more interesting passages are reproduced below: p4: The concept of sensemaking is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Burnam-fink - Goodreads

This is a strange, brilliant, infuriating book. Weick develops a theory of people and organizations as entities that make sense of their word through stories, and the kinds of dsyfunction that can ... Read full review

Contents

The Nature of Sensemaking
1
Seven Properties of Sensemaking
17
Sensemaking in Organizations
63
Occasions for Sensemaking
83
The Substance of Sensemaking
106
BeliefDriven Processes of Sensemaking
133
ActionDriven Processes of Sensemaking
155
The Future of Sensemaking
169
References
198
Author Index
218
Subject Index
225
About the Author
231
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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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