Resourceful Sensemaking in an Administrative Group

21 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2004


In this study, we present the concept of resourceful sensemaking as an extension of Weick's sensemaking theory. Resourceful sensemaking extends Weick's theory by carefully examining the influence of the lifeworld on organizational sensemaking practices. Lifeworld factors that affect organizational sensemaking are brought out in a dialectical method wherein a working definition of the resourceful sensemaking concept is compared with the sensemaking practices of an administrative group. We then show how this dialectical method can help develop a more robust formulation of the resourceful sensemaking concept. The paper ends by discussing the strengths and shortcomings of the concept and suggesting directions for future organizational sensemaking research.

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Wright, Charles R. and Manning, Michael R, Resourceful Sensemaking in an Administrative Group. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 41, No. 4, pp. 623-643, June 2004. Available at SSRN:

Charles R. Wright


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Michael R Manning (Contact Author)

Benedictine University ( email )

Lisle, IL 60532
United States

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