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Dynamics of change recipient sensemaking in realizing strategic flexibility : a competence-based perspective
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This paper seeks to develop a mid-range theory of change recipient sensemaking processes during simultaneous change in professional service firms. From a competence-based strategic management perspective, organizations develop strategic flexibility in order to adapt to shifting environments. How strategic flexibility is realized in a context of causal ambiguity represents nevertheless an under researched micro-foundation. Based on extant sensemaking research, we advance change recipient sensemaking as a missing link in understanding organizational competence. Through an explorative case study conducted at a professional service organization, we identified four determinants of change recipient sensemaking: professional identification, dominant organizational narrative, equivocal expectations, and cross-understanding between thought worlds. Preliminary case findings reveal that cognitive and affective dimensions of change recipient sensemaking are strongly interwoven and interdependent upon their effect on realizing strategic flexibility.
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English
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First Competence-Based Strategic Management Conference, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, November 21-23, 2012
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2012
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p. 1-44
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Creation 26.11.2012
Last edited 02.04.2016
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