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Sensemaking and discourse analyses in inter-organizational research: a review and suggested advances

Jørgensen, Lene, Jordan, Silvia and Mitterhofer, Hermann (2012) Sensemaking and discourse analyses in inter-organizational research: a review and suggested advances. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 28 (2). pp. 107-120. ISSN 0956-5221

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.scaman.2012.01.007


This paper reviews studies which investigate inter-organizational encounters from sensemaking and discourse analytical perspectives and extends this line of reasoning by proposing a research method and agenda. Sensemaking methodologies address discursive processes of meaning construction and analyze the effects of shared as well as divergent ways of making sense. Critical discourse analyses focus on wider societal discourses as relevant resources that are drawn upon and reconstructed in inter-organizational sensemaking and sensegiving processes. We outline the rationales, methodologies and main findings of extant research and contribute to this body of work by integrating Karl Weick's sensemaking approach and Jürgen Link's critical interdiscourse analysis. This integrative methodology is particularly suited for investigating the role of mediating instruments such as figures, graphs and other 'interdiscursive charts' as relevant, thus far under-researched sensemaking resources in inter-organizational encounters.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: Accounting
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2012 09:42
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:56

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