Making Sense of the Organization Volume 2

Making Sense of the Organization  Volume 2

The purpose of these essays is to render the challenges less mysterious.

Author: Karl E. Weick

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470685327

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 310

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Making Sense of the Organization elaborates on the influential idea that organizations are interpretation systems that scan, interpret, and learn. These selected essays represent a new approach to the way managers learn and act in response to their environment and the way organizational change evolves. Readers of this volume will find a wealth of examples and insights which go well beyond thinking and cognition to explain action. The author's ideas are at the forefront of our thinking on leadership, teams, and the management of change. “This book engages the puzzle of impermanence in organizing. Through rich examples, evocative language, artful literature citing, and imaginative connecting, Weick re-introduces core ideas and themes around attending, interpreting, acting and learning to unlock new insights about impermanent organizing. The wisdom in this book is timeless and timely. It prods scholars and managers of organizations to complicate their views of organizing in ways that enrich thought and action.” - Jane E. Dutton, Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor, University of Michigan
Categories: Business & Economics

Making Sense of Organizational Change

Making Sense of Organizational Change

Applies an invaluable sensemaking framework to organizational change in both a practical and accessible way, to present an instructive and informative view on the implications of change in the business world today.

Author: Jean Helms Mills

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415369381

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 244

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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.
Categories: Business & Economics

Getting Your Shift Together

Getting Your Shift Together

Author: P. J. Bouchard

Publisher: Cci Press

ISBN: 0967324807

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 269

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Categories: Business & Economics

Making Sense of Management

Making Sense of Management

The First Edition of Making Sense of Management set out to provide a fresh perspective on management that was both broad and critical, exploring how the disruptive and constructive potential of critical theory can be realized in ...

Author: Mats Alvesson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781849200851

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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The First Edition of Making Sense of Management set out to provide a fresh perspective on management that was both broad and critical, exploring how the disruptive and constructive potential of critical theory can be realized in organizations. Along the way, it has proven to be a landmark contribution to critical management studies. As well as setting the agenda for current research, this revised edition has been written to appeal to a broader readership and open up critical theory for the general management student. The Second Edition includes new sections on HRM, brands, identity, ethics and leadership have been fully developed alongside the rest of the text to reflect the current state of play in critical management studies.
Categories: Business & Economics

Making Sense of Organizational Change and Innovation in Health Care

Making Sense of Organizational Change and Innovation in Health Care

This book explores the hospital via organisational ethnography (OE), an approach that involves a mix of fieldwork methods designed to analyse the hospital which also includes participatory observation, qualitative interviews and shadowing.

Author: Anne Reff Pedersen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429638862

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 144

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This book explores the hospital via organisational ethnography (OE), an approach that involves a mix of fieldwork methods designed to analyse the hospital which also includes participatory observation, qualitative interviews and shadowing. One way to define a hospital is by its high level of formal organisation, resulting in written or digital communication as the main source of communication in patient journals, minutes and medical and quality guidelines. In contrast, in this book, the aspects of the informal organisation will be the focus. In spite of the many formal regulations of healthcare, hospitals are also chaotic organising places where many different groups of people interact in order to negotiate, to practice and to make sense of daily work tasks. The underlying argument is that, in the mundane everyday life of hospitals, frontline workers and their interactions with patients and local managers remain at the core of organising hospitals. The overall purpose of this book is to report stories back from the field of healthcare, demonstrating how people, spaces and work (as examples of events) become important elements of organising hospitals. The book will be of interest to students and scholars in and across healthcare management, organisation studies, ethnography, sociology, qualitative methods, anthropology, service management and cultural studies.
Categories: Business & Economics

The Reforming Organization

The Reforming Organization

This is a different approach to some of the central concerns in organizational theory. The relationship between individuals and structures and the "learning" capacity of organizations.

Author: Nils Brunsson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351252164

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 222

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Originally published in 1993. Organizations have become larger, more professionalized, more differentiated, and wealthier. At the same time, they are often subject to large-scale changes: either as a result of mergers and acquisitions, or simply in response to changed market conditions or new technologies. In this climate the people who run organizations frequently find themselves acting as "reformers". The central concern of this study is to analyze the reforming process within organizations and assess its impact. The authors define reform as the process by which individuals seek to achieve desired goals by changing the structure of their organization: the administrative procedures, chains of command and lines of communication. Drawing on empirical case studies from a range of different sectors, The Reforming Organization questions the relationship between the changes that can be seen occurring in organizations all the time and these conscious internal attempts at reform. This is a different approach to some of the central concerns in organizational theory. The relationship between individuals and structures and the "learning" capacity of organizations. This title will be of interest to students of Business Studies and Management.
Categories: Business & Economics

Making Sense of Organizational Learning

Making Sense of Organizational Learning

The book shows you how you can best exploit the knowledge that already exists within your organization while at the same time develop the capability of the people that work there.

Author: Dr Cyril Kirwan

Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409465164

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 162

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The ability of a business to engage in real organizational learning and to do so faster and in a more sustainable way than its competitors is being increasingly seen as an essential component of success. In Making Sense of Organizational Learning, Cyril Kirwan examines the wide range of factors necessary to create and sustain organizational learning and knowledge at all levels. At the individual level, the generation of continuous learning opportunities and reflection on experiences are critically important. At the team level, it’s about encouraging collaboration, team learning and the sharing of knowledge. At the organizational level, the emphasis is on building systems to capture and share knowledge and providing strategic leadership for learning. The book shows you how you can best exploit the knowledge that already exists within your organization while at the same time develop the capability of the people that work there. It deals in turn with individual learning; learning with others; learning in organizations; and in particular the role of the HR function and of line managers. Each chapter provides theoretical background and real-world examples. Diagnostic questionnaires, checklists and other tools are also included. Making Sense of Organizational Learning provides an evidence-based argument for the adoption of effective organizational learning policies and practices, and offers a real opportunity to improve performance. Thinking practitioners working in and around learning and development or organization development will find it invaluable, as will those undertaking post-graduate study in HR and related disciplines.
Categories: Business & Economics

Making Sense of Change Management

Making Sense of Change Management

However, this book is not a 'one size fits all' simplistic panacea to all change whatever the circumstances.

Author: Esther Cameron

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers

ISBN: 0749440872

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

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Making Sense of Change Management is about making change easier. It is aimed at anyone who wants to understand why change happens, how it happens and what needs to be done to make change a welcome rather than a dreaded concept. However, this book is not a 'one size fits all' simplistic panacea to all change whatever the circumstances. Instead it offers considered insights into the many frameworks, models and ways of approaching change and helps the reader to apply the right approach to each unique situation. Contents include: individual change; team change; organizational change; leading change; structural change; mergers and acquisitions; cultural change; IT-based process change; and how best to implement change. Written for academics and professionals alike, Making Sense of Change Management identifies and offers explanations of all current models of change as well as offering practical guidelines and examples showing the reader why change can go wrong; and how to get it right.
Categories: Business & Economics

Making Sense of the City

Making Sense of the City

Through an examination of such topics as city charters, city planning texts, neighborhood organizations, municipal recreation programs, urban government reforms, urban identity, and fair housing campaigns, the authors offer insight into the ...

Author: Robert Bruce Fairbanks

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

ISBN: 0814208819

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

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Through an examination of such topics as city charters, city planning texts, neighborhood organizations, municipal recreation programs, urban government reforms, urban identity, and fair housing campaigns, the authors offer insight into the process through which ideas about the nature of the city have affected action in the urban environment."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: Political Science

Making Sense of Affirmative Action

Making Sense of Affirmative Action

24 Some cases of goal-based affirmative action are aspirational in the sense that
an organization might not reach its goal even if everyone within the organization
has done his or her duty in relation to the means the organization employed to ...

Author: Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190648787

Category: Philosophy

Page: 296

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"What makes affirmative action morally (un)justified? That is this book's core question. Its main contribution consists in a meticulous scrutiny of the strength of the six main arguments for-i.e., the compensation, the anti-discrimination, the equality of opportunity, the role model, the diversity, and the integration-based justifications-and the five main objections to affirmative action-i.e., the reverse discrimination, the stigma, the mismatch, the publicity, and the merit-based objections-and of how these arguments relate to one another. The book argues that all of the five main objections to affirmative action are either flawed or quite limited in terms of their implications. With regard to the arguments in favor of affirmative action, the book shows why the anti-discrimination and equality of opportunity-based arguments provide strong justifications for many affirmative action schemes. In light thereof and the fact that the five most influential arguments against affirmative action are all flawed or otherwise weak, the overall claim defended in the book is that many of the schemes that people have in mind when they discuss affirmative action (many of which are presently on the retreat) are justified. However, the book also emphasizes that any definitive answer to the question Is affirmative action morally (un)justified? must rest on a wide range of empirical results in the social sciences etc., e.g., about the likely effects of various affirmative action schemes; and that the question, when posed in such general form (unlike when it is asked about specific schemes of affirmative action), admits of no direct positive or negative answer"--
Categories: Philosophy

Making Sense of Managing Culture

Making Sense of Managing Culture

This work offers a new approach to the problem of culture in organizations by focusing on the way individual members of an organization make sense of culture.

Author: David Cray

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1861521782

Category: Communication in management

Page: 187

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This work offers a new approach to the problem of culture in organizations by focusing on the way individual members of an organization make sense of culture. Coverage includes: a foreword by Geoffrey R. Mallory and David Wilson; identification of key processes in organizational cultures; growth of multinational business; management strategies; real-life management problems; and a review of current literature. This text provides an understanding of organizational culture, which students and managers should find relevant.
Categories: Communication in management

Making Sense of the Social World

Making Sense of the Social World

In this Second Edition of the bestselling Making Sense of the Social World: Methods of Investigation, authors Daniel F. Chambliss and Russell K. Schutt once again provide students with an engaging, innovative, and accurate introduction to ...

Author: Daniel F. Chambliss

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 141292717X

Category: Social Science

Page: 340

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In this Second Edition of the bestselling Making Sense of the Social World: Methods of Investigation, authors Daniel F. Chambliss and Russell K. Schutt once again provide students with an engaging, innovative, and accurate introduction to social research. More than a brief derivative of Schutt's widely successful Investigating the Social World, this version is written in a less formal, occasionally humorous style, with more concise examples drawn from everyday experience, and less coverage of complex or more rigorous methods.
Categories: Social Science

How Major Corporations are Making Sense of Agile

How Major Corporations are Making Sense of Agile

The firms involved were members of the SD Learning Consortium (SDLC)—a non-profit corporation. Findings: As it is being adopted in a wide variety of corporate settings since 2001, the core concept of Agile has evolved.

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ISBN: OCLC:1051889094

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Abstract : Purpose: "Agile management" refers to a set of management goals, principles, values and practices that emerged to speed up software. Now its tools and culture are spreading to all kinds of organizations throughout the world—from R&D to top management teams. As some corporations race to become "agile" they can lose sight of the essential ideas and practices of Agile methodology Design/methodology/approach: In September 2016, a group of large firms came together in New York to see whether they could agree on what Agile stood for in their own organizations. They aspired to create workplaces that draw on everyone's creative talents and kindle everyone's potential in workplaces that respect individuals and are highly productive and profitable. The firms involved were members of the SD Learning Consortium (SDLC)—a non-profit corporation. Findings: As it is being adopted in a wide variety of corporate settings since 2001, the core concept of Agile has evolved. Practical implications: To be fully entrepreneurial, the whole organization needs to embrace the Agile mindset and function as an interactive network, not a top-down bureaucracy with just a few teams implementing Agile tools and processes. Originality/value: As Agile is being increasingly adopted by all corporate functions and levels of management it is essential to focus the whole organization on creating value for the customer.
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Making Sense of Social Theory

Making Sense of Social Theory

This compact introductory text offers a coherent overview of sociological theory.

Author: Charles H. Powers

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742530477

Category: Social Science

Page: 243

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This compact introductory text offers a coherent overview of sociological theory. Explaining sociology's seminal discoveries with an elegant simplicity that not only makes them easily understood, Charles H. Powers also conveys sociology's intellectual coherence as a discipline. He introduces sociology's most revealing insights in a way that makes it abundantly clear that sociology has real value as an explanatory science. This book takes sociology's most difficult and arcane subject matter and makes it understandable, utilitarian, and interesting. Students will become genuinely engaged with sociological theory as they find it arms them with meaningful insights that can be used in daily life.
Categories: Social Science

Making Sense of Strategy

Making Sense of Strategy

Mannings refreshingly streamlined approach to strategy encompasses: * The value of shared ideas* The importance of creating and sustaining unique communities for your products or services* The link between a companys values and those of its ...

Author: Anthony D. Manning

Publisher: AMACOM/American Management Association

ISBN: 0814426549

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 98

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Business strategy is not rocket science. Its about using pertinent information to make smart decisions, and doing it fast enough to keep your business ahead of the curve. And while many companies have embraced the 24/7 business paradigm, their strategies come from the 9-to-5 era. Plain and simple, most strategic planning efforts fail because they cant keep up with the evolving demands of the market.Standing apart from the piles of discarded management wisdom, Making Sense of Strategy provides real, practical insights and advice for 21st-century businesses. Top strategy consultant Tony Manning cuts through layer after layer of guru babble to bring the reader only the most genuinely valuable information: the questions that need to be asked, the principles that every organization and its people must adopt, and the tools that every company needs in order to develop their core business strategies and create profit. Mannings refreshingly streamlined approach to strategy encompasses: * The value of shared ideas* The importance of creating and sustaining unique communities for your products or services* The link between a companys values and those of its customers and shareholders* And why strategic management is ultimately a conversation, one that empowers its participants with a sense of purpose and ownership.A real-world, no-nonsense guide, Making Sense of Strategy is the key to turning plans into action - fast
Categories: Business & Economics

Making Sense of Managed Care Operational issues and practical answers

Making Sense of Managed Care  Operational issues and practical answers

Technological structures , human resources , physical plant , communication
channels , and an array of other organizational environmental structures must be
realigned to meet the challenges posed by managed care . How can a medical ...

Author: Kimball Austin Miller

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015040140710

Category: Managed care plans (Medical care)

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Categories: Managed care plans (Medical care)

Making Sense of the Molly Maguires

Making Sense of the Molly Maguires

This work offers a new interpretation of their dramatic story, tracing the origins of the Molly Maguires to Ireland and explaining the growth of a particular structure of meaning.

Author: Assistant Professor of History Kevin Kenny

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195116313

Category: History

Page: 336

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A group of 20 Irish immigrants, suspected of comprising a secret terrorist organization called the "Molly Maguires", were executed in Pennsylvania in the 1870s for the murder of 16 men. This work offers a new interpretation of their dramatic story, tracing the origins of the Molly Maguires to Ireland and explaining the growth of a particular structure of meaning.
Categories: History