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Communities of Domination? Reconceptualising Organizational Learning and Power

Huzzard, Tony LU (2004) In Journal of Workplace Learning 16(6). p.350-361
Abstract
In identifying a bias within situated learning theory towards routine work practices, this paper develops a theoretical framework for assessing the relationships between learning, sensemaking and power in the non-routine practices of temporary organising. The paper locates processes of sensemaking and learning in a model of organisational change that attempts to render power in communities of practice more visible than has been the case in theorising hitherto by focusing on sensegiving in change projects. Change is conceived in terms of an oscillation between the routines of permanent organising and the more experimental, innovative actions of temporary organising where leaders mobilise actors to explore new ideas. The role of sensegiving... (More)
In identifying a bias within situated learning theory towards routine work practices, this paper develops a theoretical framework for assessing the relationships between learning, sensemaking and power in the non-routine practices of temporary organising. The paper locates processes of sensemaking and learning in a model of organisational change that attempts to render power in communities of practice more visible than has been the case in theorising hitherto by focusing on sensegiving in change projects. Change is conceived in terms of an oscillation between the routines of permanent organising and the more experimental, innovative actions of temporary organising where leaders mobilise actors to explore new ideas. The role of sensegiving in such processes, it is argued, helps shed light on the political nature of micro-processes of change. (Less)
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organisational learning, sensemaking, sensegiving, power, communities of practice, change projects
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Journal of Workplace Learning
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  author       = {Huzzard, Tony},
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  keyword      = {organisational learning,sensemaking,sensegiving,power,communities of practice,change projects},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {350--361},
  publisher    = {Emerald Group Publishing Limited},
  series       = {Journal of Workplace Learning},
  title        = {Communities of Domination? Reconceptualising Organizational Learning and Power},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2004},
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