Triggers And Enablers Of Sensegiving In Organizations

Maitlis, Sally and Lawrence, Thomas B. (2007) Triggers And Enablers Of Sensegiving In Organizations. Academy of Management Journal, 50 (1). pp. 57-84.


Drawing on a longitudinal study of sensegiving in organizations, we investigate the conditions associated with sensegiving by stakeholders and by leaders. For each group, we identify conditions that trigger sensegiving and conditions that enable it. Integrating these analyses across organizational actors, we show that, generally: (1) the perception or anticipation of a gap in organizational sensemaking processes triggers sensemaking and (2) both discursive ability, which allows leaders and stakeholders to construct and articulate persuasive accounts, and process facilitators—routines, practices, and structures that give organizational actors time and opportunity to engage in sensegiving—enable sensegiving.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Organization; manangement; interorganizational relations; organizational behaviour; organizational structure; organizational effectiveness; sensemaking theory (Communication); information theory; social perception; knowledge management
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2015 13:38
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2015 13:58
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