Sensemaking in Organizations

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SAGE, May 31, 1995 - Business & Economics - 231 pages
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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Contents

The Nature of Sensemaking
1
Seven Properties of Sensemaking
17
Ongoing
43
Focused on and by Extracted Cues
49
Driven by Plausibility Rather Than Accuracy
55
Summary
61
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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