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Cognitively Skilled Organizational Decision Making: Making Sense of Deciding

Julia Balogun, Annie Pye and Gerard P. Hodgkinson

in The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Decision Making

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780199290468
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199290468.003.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Cognitively Skilled Organizational Decision Making: Making Sense of Deciding

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This article aims to bring the organizational cognition approach to decision making together with a sensemaking perspective on deciding, in an endeavor to bring real people and processes into the picture to develop a more integrative understanding of how people “do decision making”—an enterprise which has both academic and practical relevance. The article begins by positioning this approach within decision-making research. It then explains the concepts of sensemaking and deciding, and sensereading and sensewrighting; explores why such skills are critical to the processes of organizational decision making; and finally, why this is an important area for future research.

Keywords: organizational cognition; decision making; sensemaking; decision-making research; sensewrighting; organizational skills

Article.  7194 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Business Strategy

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