The Effect of Team Composition on Strategic Sensemaking by Tanja WaldeckThe Effect of Team Composition on Strategic Sensemaking by Tanja Waldeck

The Effect of Team Composition on Strategic Sensemaking

byTanja WaldeckForeword byProf. Dr. Utz Schäffer

Paperback | August 23, 2007

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Foreword Starting point of Tanja Prinzessin zu Waldeck's dissertation thesis is the insight in the relevance of strategic sensemaking in top management teams. Consequently, Prinz- sin zu Waldeck investigates how the composition of the team may influence the cor- sponding activities. Different from previous research, her study takes a broader - proach in two respects. First, it describes top management teams more compreh- sively. Instead of focusing only on demographics such as age, tenure, or functional backgrounds, it also explores the personalities of the team members, the leadership style and team culture. In this context, it transfers knowledge from other research fields such as psychology to sensemaking research. Second, the study does not only concentrate on specific sensemaking activities, for instance scanning or information sharing, but tries to draw a more holistic picture of the sensemaking process. Finally, the study controls for the effects of the organizational context. It explores how varying the organizational size, involvement of owners in the management of an organization and ownership status changes the findings about the team composition and its effect on sensemaking. As a result, the work of Prinzessin zu Waldeck offers several interesting new insights and at least three substantial contributions to the relevant literature: It offers new ideas about how the composition of top management teams affects the strategic sensemaking of teams differently. It furthermore provides evidence that organizational factors might influence the composition of teams and consequently also their sensemaking.
Dr. Tanja Prinzessin zu Waldeck promovierte bei Prof. Dr. Utz Schäffer am Lehrstuhl für Controlling der European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel. Sie war fünf Jahre als Beraterin bei McKinsey & Company tätig. Seit Mai 2007 hat sie sich mit NetMoms.de selbständig gemacht - einer Internetplattform für Mütter.
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Title:The Effect of Team Composition on Strategic SensemakingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 8.27 × 5.83 × 0.01 inPublished:August 23, 2007Publisher:Deutscher UniversitätsverlagLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3835005561

ISBN - 13:9783835005563

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The cognitive theory of strategic sensemakingEmpirical research on strategic sensemaking of top management teamsTen management teams and their strategic sensemakingPropositions on strategic sensemaking of top management teams