Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

The Materiality of Sensemaking

Bakke, John Bean, Cynthia

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Two influential perspectives in organizational studies that focus on different aspects of enabling, constraining, and forming organizational action are the notion of sensemaking and the influence of material objects on organizational functioning. This paper explores the coupling of these two perspectives, which often are seen as opposite. Based on evidence from two case studies, we argue that these perspectives, taken together, unlock a deeper understanding of the processes that unfold in organizations and call attention to the materiality of sensemaking as important to understanding organizations.


Journal Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry 
Volume 5 
Issue 3 
Issue date 2006 
Type Article 
Language en
Pagination 51-69
ISSN 1532-5555