Making Sense of the Organization

Making Sense of the Organization

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This volume brings together the best--known and most influential articles on sensemaking in organizations by one of its most distinguished exponents, Karl Weick. * Brings together the best most influential articles written by one of the gurus of sensemaking -- Karl Weick. * Helps readers develop a thorough understanding of the sensemaking process -- essential for effective management.
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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 26mm | 848g
  • Blackwell Publishers
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • w. figs.
  • 0631223193
  • 9780631223191
  • 356,906

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This volume brings together the best-known and most influential articles on sensemaking by one of its most distinguished exponents, Karl Weick.

Weick explores the process of how organizations discover that they face important decisions. Often organizations have discussions in order to see what they think, or act in order to see what they want - before they are even aware that a decision has to be made. The effective organization is one that understands this process of sensemaking and learns to manage it with wisdom. The ways in which people do that are demonstrated in chapters of this book.

This important collection provides a valuable addition to the international literature on organization theory and will be welcomed by students and researchers alike.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments. Introduction. Part I: Organizations as Contexts for Sensemaking:. Introduction. 1. Sensemaking in Organizations: Small Structures with Large Consequences. 2. Sources of Order in Underorganized Systems: Themes in Recent Organizational Theory. 3. Organizational Redesign as Improvisation. Part II: Components of Sensemaking:. Introduction. Ecological Change. 4. The Collapse of Sensemaking in Organizations: The Mann Gulch Disaster. 5. The Vulnerable System: An Analysis of the Tenerife Air Disaster. 6. Technology as Equivoque: Sense--making in New Technologies. Enactment. 7. Enactment Processes in Organizations. 8. Enactment and the Boundaryless Career. 9. Enacted Sensemaking in Crisis Situations. Selection. 10. Toward a Model of Organizations as Interpretation Systems. 11. Collective Mind in Organizations: Heedful Interrelating on Flight Decks. 12. Improvisation as a Mindset for Organizational Analysis. Retention. 13. Organizational Culture as a Source of High Reliability. 14. Organizations as Cause Maps. 15. Substitutes for Corporate Strategy. 16. The Attitude of Wisdom: Ambivalence as the Optimal Compromise. 17. Management of Organizational Change Among Loosely Coupled Elements. 18. Organization Design: Organizations as Self--Designing Systems. 19. Small Wins: Redefining the Scale of Social Problems. 20. Cosmos vs. Chaos: Sense and Nonsense in the Electronic Contexts. 21. Sensemaking as an Organizational Dimension of Global Change. Index.
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About K Weick

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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