Academic journal article Tamara : Journal of Critical Postmodern Organization Science

Sensemaking and Senseimposing

Academic journal article Tamara : Journal of Critical Postmodern Organization Science

Sensemaking and Senseimposing

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These articles are about the currencies of sensemaking. Currency has a double meaning. First it means value in interpersonal or interorganizational exchange. For example, stories are the primary sensemaking currency in exchanges. Secondly, currency means currents, as in flows that pull swimmers, boats and debris where the current takes it.

Gephart, Cohen and Topal study sensemaking in by community residents concerned with broad band computer networks. They analyze town meetings by recording and transcribing the discussions. They identify collective identities constructed in those meetings, and posit a Habermasian analysis.

Truly and Truly think organizations should take time to understand and care for employees. Their sensemaking currency is stories told by 28 people separated from their job during a downsizing. The authors each pose a counterview of what sense is made.

Carr and Lapp study sensemaking using psychoanalysis of group dynamics. They focus on Alford's death instinct theory. They look at sensemaking of acting out dramas of missing leaders using a psychodynamic script. When leaders die what sense do people make of it.

Biberman and Coetzer look at senseimposing, how spirituality is used and misused as a form of addiction. …

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