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Sensemaking in Organizations (Foundations for Organizational Science)

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Product Details

  • Series: Foundations for Organizational Science (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc (May 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080397177X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803971776
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This review is different than most, because rather than dissecting the book, I will provide a few overall ideas about the concept of Sensemaking and why it is worth your consideration. This is an academic and theoretical book, but the more casual reader should not miss out on its core principles. For an academic treatment of Sensemaking, see pages 57-64 of my dissertation which is available on my website.

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. Weick's work is based in part on Festinger's theory of cognitive dissonance, which holds that people are uncomfortable with inconsistent beliefs and are driven resolve the dissonance it creates.

Consequently, Sensemaking posits that people will resolve their cognitive dissonance through plausible (but not necessarily accurate) narratives, which then become entrenched over time and resistant to change. This explains how, for example, religious groups can have such stringent beliefs, how political parties can be confident in their diametrically opposed positions, how organizations can develop very different cultures, and how individuals can develop very different interpretations for the same events.
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This book attempts to illustrate how organizations come to shape the behavior of their members. Weick argues that it rests in the fact that the organization comes to form the mental frame through which members are socialized as they are brought into the organization. Some aspects of the organization will be undefined ,change, or held back from the new member. The member is then forced to attempt to discern what they should do from multiple sources of information within the organization. Weick lays out how this process might look like. All in all, an important book on organization theory.
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This book has a very academic tone but it has some powerful implications for anyone in business. The book makes a number of points that are not intuitive but that are very powerful. For example, he talks about the advantages of speed, confidence, and plausibility in problem solving and why they may be more important than accuracy
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This is a very difficult book to read but very intersting and revelas a lot of things that one could not understand in any setting.It is a book that could be recomende to relirgious leaders, politicians,managers and leaders across all sectors
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