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Organizational Death and Sensemaking: How Workers Explain Enhanced Efforts During the Process of Plant Closure
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (CEROC)
2013 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper recontextualize Weick’s analysis (1993) of a sensemaking collapse in the Mann Gulch fire disaster from a plant closure perspective, by reflecting workers enactment of meaning and enhanced efforts, in order to unravel a series of explanations why productivity increase during the process of plant closure. We show how workers make sense of and enact enhanced perfor-mances despite the fact of certainty of job loss as facing an organizational death. We argue that analyzes of plant closures are important in order to provide better understandings of how workers act, react, make sense and cre-ate meaning in closedown contexts. Individual behaviors, perceptions of radically changed organizational reality, individual work identities and acts of towards leadership are influenced by inter- and intragroup processes.

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2013.
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Business Administration
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Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-32002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-32002DiVA, id: diva2:655896
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22nd Nordic Academy of Management, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, 21-23 August, 2013
Available from: 2013-10-14 Created: 2013-10-14 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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