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

16 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2020

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Haridimos Tsoukas

University of Cyprus

Gerardo Patriotta

University of Warwick

Kathleen M. Sutcliffe

Johns Hopkins University; University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Sally Maitlis

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Date Written: November 1, 2020

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.

Keywords: ambiguity, complexity, enactment, organizing, process, sensemaking

Suggested Citation

Tsoukas, Haridimos and Patriotta, Gerardo and Sutcliffe, Kathleen M. and Maitlis, Sally, On the Way to Ithaka[1]: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Publication of Karl E. Weick's the Social Psychology of Organizing (November 1, 2020). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 57, Issue 7, pp. 1315-1330, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3716288 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12616

Haridimos Tsoukas (Contact Author)

University of Cyprus

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Gerardo Patriotta

University of Warwick ( email )

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United Kingdom

Kathleen M. Sutcliffe

Johns Hopkins University ( email )

University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )

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Ann Arbor, MI MI 48109
United States

Sally Maitlis

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

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