Sensemaking in Organizations: Reflections on Karl Weick and Social Theory. Sensemaking is more than a term of art: it’s an elegant, subtle, and richly descriptive body of thinking about human perception, cognition, and action, as well as social interaction, institutional reproduction and …
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.
Sensemaking is a process that applies to both individuals and groups who are faced with new information that is inconsistent with their prior beliefs. In some cases, it can be the lack of expected information that triggers the Sensemaking process.
Sensemaking is thus a central activity in organizations, and one that lies at the very core of organizing. Since the publication of Weick’s (1995) classic text, Sensemaking in Organ-
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Sensemaking in Organizations. 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.
Sensemaking. The concept was intended to encourage a shift away from the traditional focus of organization theorists on decision-making and towards the processes that constitute the meaning of the decisions that are enacted in behavior.