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Overview

Finalist for the George Terry Award sponsored by the Academy of Management "This lovely and important book is the clearest, most complete, and interesting statement of sensemaking in organizations available. . . . It will have an impact on both new and experienced scholars." —Bob Sutton, Stanford University "Weick is artful. He masterfully constructs the sensemaking theoretical framework so that it can be better understood by the general scholar and in the process provides the reader with the sensemaking experience." — Kathleen Sutcliffe, University of Minnesota The teaching of organization theory and the conduct of organizational research have been dominated by a focus on decision making and the conception of strategic rationality. The rational model, however, ignores the inherent complexity and ambiguity of real-world organizations and their environments. Karl E. Weick's new landmark volume, Sensemaking in Organizations, highlights how the "sensemaking" process—the creation of reality as an ongoing accomplishment that takes form when people make retrospective sense of the situations in which they find themselves—shapes organizational structure and behavior. Some of the topics Weick thoroughly covers are the concept, uniqueness, historical roots, varieties and occasions, general properties, and the future of sensemaking research and practice. Expertly written, Sensemaking in Organizations is the volume that students, scholars, and professors of organization and management studies must have.

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Weick (organizational behavior and psychology, U. of Michigan) shows how the "sensemaking" process--the creation of reality as an ongoing accomplishment when people make retrospective sense of the situations in which they find themselves--shapes organizational structure and behavior, expanding the rational model of organization theory to include the complexity and ambiguity of real-world organizations and their environments. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803971776
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Series: Foundations for Organizational Science Series, #3
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,033,450
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

The Nature of Sensemaking
Seven Properties of Sensemaking
Sensemaking in Organizations
Occasions for Sensemaking
The Substance of Sensemaking
Belief-Driven Processes of Sensemaking
Action-Driven Processes of Sensemaking
The Future of Sensemaking
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003

    my teacher recommended this book

    I am going to write the thesis for graduation from the hogeschool, my guide recommended this book for referecne.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2001

    A timeless Classic!

    Weick is a masterful writer. Not only is the content salient and timeless, but he serves up prose as an art form. Bending your mind around the text takes some serious thinking but well worth the effort. Weick is not your everday academic.

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