On the way to Ithaka[1]: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Publication of Karl E. Weick’s The Social Psychology of Organizing

Haridimos Tsoukas, Gerardo Patriotta, Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, Sally Maitlis

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Abstract

Karl E. Weick’s The Social Psychology of Organizing has been one of the most influential books in organization studies, providing the theoretical underpinnings of several research programs. Importantly, the book is widely credited with initiating the process turn in the field, leading to the ‘gerundizing’ of management and organization studies: the persistent effort to understand organizational phenomena as ongoing accomplishments. The emphasis of the book on organizing (rather than on organizations) and its links with sensemaking have made it the most influential treatise on organizational epistemology. In this introduction, we review Weick’s magnum opus, underline and assess its key themes, and suggest ways in which several of them may be taken forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1315-1330
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Volume57
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020

Keywords

  • ambiguity
  • complexity
  • enactment
  • organizing
  • process
  • sensemaking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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