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Making Sense of the Organization

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Making Sense of the Organization

Karl E. Weick

ISBN: 978-0-631-22319-1 November 2000 Wiley-Blackwell 496 Pages

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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.
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.


  • 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.