Making Sense of Organizational Change by Jean Helms-millsMaking Sense of Organizational Change by Jean Helms-mills

Making Sense of Organizational Change

byJean Helms-millsEditorJean Helms-mills

Hardcover | July 3, 2003

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Applying an invaluable sensemaking framework to organizational change and combining the theory and practice of implementing change, this book represents an instructive and informative view on change in business. Its strength lies in two key areas:

  • the discussion and explanation of a strategic sensemaking approach, for helping managers, management educators and students to understand organizational change
  • a longitudinal study of a major company which underwent several organizational changes, revealing some of the key problems and challenges that managers face when introducing, implementing and managing change.

Rather than being structured as a 'how to' book, this outstanding text provides the reader with practical insights and skills for managing (or resisting) change. Applying Weick's famous sensemaking approach, it offers a unique way to understand the processes involved in organizational change.

Jean Helms Millsis Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Acadia University, Canada.
Title:Making Sense of Organizational ChangeFormat:HardcoverPublished:July 3, 2003Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:041536938X

ISBN - 13:9780415369381


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but .... This book is interesting from the perspective of the significant use of the business case (Nova Scotia Power) throughout the book. However, is it not worth the $300 price tag shown here. Helm Mills begins the work of developing the critical sense making approach in writing this text, by paying attention to the elements of power and rules (i.e. Beyond Weick's sense making approach). I recommend it based on the last chapter which outlines theoretical constructs that can be added to the sense making model, and hence may be helpful for someone looking to making a contribution to the body of knowledge.
Date published: 2018-04-22

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Identifying Cues: A History of Nova Scotia Power 3. Strategic Sensemaking 4. The Story of Organizational Change 5. Sensemaking and Identity Construction 6. Application of the Sensemaking Model to the Nova Scotia Power Case 7. Making Sense of Sensemaking: Suggestions for Sensible Modifications of the Sensemaking Model

Editorial Reviews

'This text seeks to provoke a debate rather than settle and arguament, and in this respect it remains a highly successful project ... [it] adds to our understanding of change, and offers a useful, accessible and (most important) critical contribution to the literature on sensemaking in organizations.' - Organization