Making Sense Of The Organization by Karl E. WeickMaking Sense Of The Organization by Karl E. Weick

Making Sense Of The Organization

byKarl E. Weick

Paperback | November 8, 2000

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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.
Karl E. Weick is the Rensis Likert College Professor of Organizational Behavior and Psychology and Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. He has written numerous books and articles, including Sensemaking in Organizations (1995), and The Social Psychology of Organizing (Second Edition 1980).
Title:Making Sense Of The OrganizationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.7 × 6.75 × 1.03 inPublished:November 8, 2000Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0631223193

ISBN - 13:9780631223191


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great compilation of Weick's sensemaking work This book is a compilation of the "best-known and most influential" journal articles and book chapters written (or co-authored) by Weick over a 20+ year period (1977 - 1999), providing numerous studies involving his sense-making theory (how do people and organizations make sense of change, particularly in times of crisis). There's nothing new here, and most of it is available through an on-line library (i.e. if you're a student, only buy the book if you must).
Date published: 2018-04-17

Table of Contents



Part I: Organizations as Contexts for Sensemaking:.


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:.


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.


7. Enactment Processes in Organizations.

8. Enactment and the Boundaryless Career.

9. Enacted Sensemaking in Crisis Situations.


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.


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.