Research Seminars

"Metaphors as the site and substance of sensemaking”

Speaker: Joep CORNELISSEN
Leeds University Business School - UK

18 April 2007 - From 16:30 to 18:00

Previous research has suggested that metaphors are primary means of sensemaking, but has stopped short of examining their significance and actual use in sensemaking processes within organizations. I conceptualize the role of metaphors within sensemaking and present a method for identifying and analyzing metaphors in sensemaking accounts. I demonstrate the method, and the prominence of metaphors in sensemaking, through a qualitative study of sensemaking of corporate communication professionals. I found high levels of metaphor use in the sensemaking accounts of these professionals with bursts of metaphors (exponential increases in the use of metaphors) in sensemaking accounts of novel and dynamic incidents. These uses of metaphors were associated with interpretive acts of professionals. I also found that professionals used coherent sets of metaphors to imagine consistent scenes that they could understand and enact. These findings together strongly suggest that metaphors form both the site and substance of sensemaking. Metaphors form the site because the incidence (as opposed to absence) of metaphors across a sensemaking account is associated with interpretive moments in that account. Metaphors are the substance of sensemaking because professionals mobilize topically coherent metaphors to structure their understanding and enactment of an incident. Implications for theory and research on sensemaking are offered.

Title : TBA

Economics & Decision Sciences

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Paris Sud

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Title : TBA

Economics & Decision Sciences

Speaker: Larry Samuelson
Yale

13 June 2019 - HEC Campus


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23 May 2019 - T105 - From 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm


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16 May 2019 - T105 - From 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm


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4 April 2019 - T104 - From 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm


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28 March 2019 - T104 - From 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm


Title : TBA

Economics & Decision Sciences

Speaker: Gaetano Gaballo
Banque de France & PSE

19 March 2019 - HEC Campus


Finance

Speaker: Ramona Dagostino

14 March 2019 - T104 - From 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm



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