'Epistemes' and structures of sense-making in organisational life

M. O'Leary, R. Chia

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    Abstract

    The issue of organizational sense-making has been much researched and written about in recent years. Yet, how structurally such sense-making attempts are facilitated remains relatively unexamined. In this article, the authors explore the underlying processes to be accomplished, sustained, and extended. 'Episteme,' the underlying code of a culture or epoch that governs its language, its logic, its schemas of perception, its values and its techniques, etc., is what makes individual and collective meaning and sense-making possible. In this article, the authors identify three epistemes of organizational sense-making for legitimizing and justifying managerial actions and decision-making within the context of a family-owned newspaper called the Courier. This is done through a study of the justifying narratives employed in the collective sense-making process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)392-406
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Management Inquiry
    Volume16
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

    Keywords

    • positive unconscious
    • episteme
    • resemblance
    • emulation
    • mathesis
    • taxinomia
    • heteroglossia

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