Sub-theme 31: Power, Sensemaking and Organizing

Gerardo Patriotta, University of Nottingham, UK
Sally Maitlis, University of Oxford, UK
Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Session I: Thursday, July 07, 11:00 to 12:30, C9
Sensemaking and the Power of Emotions
Chair: Sally Maitlis, Gerardo Patriotta, Kathleen Sutcliffe
Amanda M. Peticca-Harris and Marcos Barros
The politics of death: Grieving as senseimposing and senseturning
Eeva Aromaa, Päivi Eriksson, Albert Mills and Jean Helms Mills
Emotional rules and displays: The interplay of emotionality, power and sensemaking
Session II: Thursday, July 07, 14:00 to 15:30, C9
Identity, Power and Sensemaking
Chair: Sally Maitlis, Gerardo Patriotta, Kathleen Sutcliffe
Vanessa Monties
May the force be with you: Making sense of collective identity in the shadow of power relations
Simona Spedale and Prue Chiles
One process, multiple narratives? The role of power and identity in making sense of organisational change
Maddy Janssens and Patrizia Zanoni
Power and sensemaking in a global organization: Discourses as the horizon of plausible meanings
Session III: Thursday, July 07, 16:00 to 17:30, C9
Narratives, Sensemaking and the Power of Crisis
Chair: Sally Maitlis, Gerardo Patriotta, Kathleen Sutcliffe
Sylwia Ciuk and Sierk Ybema
Narrating organisational crisis: Discursive struggles over organisational change
Morten Vendelø
Organizing for sensegiving against the power of crowds – From untamed to controlled crowds
Mitchel Y. Abolafia
The unobtrusive power of ideas: Sensemaking at the Federal Reserve
Session IV: Friday, July 08, 09:00 to 10:30, C9
Power, Sensemaking and Sensegiving in Organizational Change
Chair: Sally Maitlis, Gerardo Patriotta, Kathleen Sutcliffe
Alina Baluch
How to silence friends and influence change: The use of discourse in a pluralistic organisation
Jo Silvester
Steward or servant? Power and sensemaking in the British House of Commons
Shenghui Ma and David Seidl
The role of substantive actions in sensegiving during strategic change
Session V: Friday, July 08, 14:00 to 15:30, C9
Sensemaking and Powerful Actors
Chair: Sally Maitlis, Gerardo Patriotta, Kathleen Sutcliffe
Falko Paetzold and Emilio Marti
Sensegiving in situations of asymmetric power: How investment advisors reinforce complexity when selling sustainable investing products
Andromachi Athanasopoulou, Amanda Moss-Cowan, Michael Smets and Tim Morris
The King Is Dead, Long Live the King! CEOs and the Politics of Sensemaking
Corentin Curchod, Gerardo Patriotta, Laurie Cohen and Nicolas Neysen
Sensebreaking and the power structure of a market: How eBay sellers make sense of online customer reviews
Session VI: Saturday, July 09, 09:00 to 10:30, C9
The Power of Sensemaking from Below
Chair: Sally Maitlis, Gerardo Patriotta, Kathleen Sutcliffe
Irina Koprax and Wolfgang H. Güttel
Issue selling and issue clouding as complementary processes to influence the strategic agenda bottom up
Kate Booth, Richard J. Badham and Carl Rhodes
Stories from below: Making sense of disruptive change
Session VII: Saturday, July 09, 11:00 to 12:30, C9
The Power of Emerging Connections: Sensemaking, Institutions and Materiality
Chair: Sally Maitlis, Gerardo Patriotta, Kathleen Sutcliffe
Christopher Steele
Institutional legibility
Mirjam Werner
The Creation of Meaning through Emergent Sensemaking and the Use of Material Artifacts: The Case of Health Care Cooperative ‘Better Community Together’