Making Sense of the Organization: The Impermanent Organization / Edition 1

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470742204
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 819,492
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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

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Table of Contents




1. Organized Impermanence: An Overview.

2. Mundane Poetics: Searching for Wisdom in OrganizationalTheory.

3. Faith, Evidence, and Action: Better Guesses in an UnknowableWorld.


4. Managing the Unexpected: Complexity as DistributedSensemaking.

5. Information Overload Revisited (Kathleen M. Sutcliffe andKarl. E Weick).

6. Organizing for Mindfulness: Eastern Wisdom and WesternKnowledge (Karl E. Weick and Ted Putnam).


7. Making Sense of Blurred Images: Mindful Organizing in MissionSTS-107.

8. Organizing and the Process of Sensemaking (Karl E. Weick,Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, and David Obstfeld).

9. Impermanent Systems and Medical Errors: Variety MitigatesAdversity.


10. Hospitals as Cultures of Entrapment: A Re-analysis of theBristol Royal Infirmary (Karl E. Weick and Kathleen M.Sutcliffe).

11. Enacting an Environment: The Infrastructure ofOrganizing.

12. Positive Organizing and Organizational Tragedy.


13. Emergent Change as a Universal in Organizations.

14. Drop Your Tools: An Allegory for Organizational Studies.

15. Leadership as the Legitimation of Doubt.




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