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Brought to You by Team 3
involves comprehending,

constructing meaning,

interacting for the goal of group
acting/thinking intuitively patterning, translation, and placing items into various frameworks - Weick, 1995
The sensemaking process differs dramatically based on
who is making sense of information
,(of one’s own organization,or of an organization which one is external from) - Wagner & Gooding, 1997

Sensemaking shapes employee and corporate identity as well as citizenship behavior - Grant, Dutton,and Rosso, 2008

Cycle of Organizational Learning and Identity Formation:
Sensemaking <--> Behavior <--> Culture <--> Sensemaking
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Examples in Organization A:
Examples in Organization C:
Examples in Organization B:
Public Sector City Government Interviews: New Hire, Senior
Symbol (shared): City logo represents excellence

Memorable event (differ): Emergency work; Change in Director

Expressed perceptions (shared): Limitations in growth/movement

Private Sector Academic Institution Interviews: New Hire, Mid-level
Symbol (shared): Building

Memorable event (differ): Denied schedule change; Company picnic

Expressed perceptions (shared): History gives authority
Private Sector Aerospace Firm Interviews: Mid-level, Senior
Symbol (differ): Display cases in building; old logo

Memorable event (differ): Luncheon; Declassification of work

Expressed perceptions (shared): Mandates without empathy
Organization A - Public Sector Government Culture
Stable, good place to work
Untapped employee potential
Get placed on a track and stuck
Work often not appreciated by external customer
Organization B - Private Sector Academic Institution
Stable place to work
Undervalued at lower levels
Heard if have history and tenure
Work often not appreciated by external customer
Organization C - Private Sector Aerospace Firm
Stable place to work
Profit motive means somewhat undervalued at many levels
Mandates with little to no socialization
Work often not appreciated by leaders, ideas discounted
observations of culture at 3 different organizations

what is organizational culture?
Schein (2010) stated "a pattern of shared basic assumptions learned by a group as it solved its problems of external adaptation and internal integration, which has worked well enough to be considered valid and, therefore, to be taught to new members as the correct way to perceive, think, and feel in relation to those problems." (p. 18)

Artifacts (observable,
Espoused values and beliefs (ideals, goals,
Underlying assumptions (taken for granted,
Formal Sensemaking Experiences
ORGANIZATION A - Yes; Lessons Learned done after events

ORGANIZATION B - No; Not enough time after events

ORGANIZATION C - Some; No thinking through impacts on people

Based on interviews and observations, we noted visible actions that
be congruent with espoused beliefs and underlying assumptions...or may not
Positive Shared Culture
ORGANIZATION A - Yes; Good place to work; shared alliances which are good and bad

ORGANIZATION B - No; Not valued; Lots of work AFTER work

ORGANIZATION C - No; Highly dysfunctional environment; Up to You
The End!
Thanks for joining Team 3 on our culture journey!
A Full Summary Table of our interview results is to the right. It is optional. Also, here is an optional but cool diversity in action video for those inclined to watch as we fade out!
Agenda - Our Cultural Exploration
Hidden Meanings
Multi-level Analysis based on interviews and observations at 3 Organizations

1.What is Organizational Culture?
2.What is Sensemaking?

3.Level 1 Analysis - Surface Understandings
Symbols, Events, Vocalized Perceptions
4.Visible versus Unseen:
Behavior <-> Sensemaking <-> Culture
5.Level 2 Analysis - Culture
6.Comparison of 3 Organizational Cultures
Overlap and Differences

7.What is Diversity?
Level 3 Analysis - Diversity, a deep issue
8. Conclusion
9. References
OVERRIDING OBSERVATIONS - Each organization functions differently depending on context and need, but each organization was somewhat bureaucratic and stable at the high internal level, and somewhat clannish at the deeper internal levels.
Ashley Cole - The Theorist
Regina Dobson Cousar - The Designer
Roman Fry - The Analyst
what is diversity?
Organizational diversity refers to increasing "
workforce heterogeneity
", i.e. "more and more individuals are likely to work with people who are demographically different from them in terms of age, gender, race, and ethnicity". (Tsui, Egan, & O'Reilly, 1992, p. 549).

Social inclusion is associated with
valuing and embracing
diversity of perspectives, knowledge, and mental and physical abilities (Härtel & Ashkanasy, 2011, p. 88).

Diversity increases adaptive capacity. (Schein, 2010, p. 284)

The more turbulent the environment, the more likely it is that the organization with the more diverse cultural resources will be better able to cope with unpredicted events.(Schein, 2010, p. 370)
ORGANIZATION A - Somewhat; Initially included but permanently limited; peers are good but glass ceiling is real

ORGANIZATION B - Somewhat; Peers include you but you are opportunity limited; glass ceiling

ORGANIZATION C - Somewhat; Limited interaction by management level

Observation: Little commentary on race and gender; most focused on diversity in function and placement; interviewees did not directly address; MORE STUDY NEEDED
What did we learn on the journey?

Organizational culture is composed of many, many levels. We found similarities across our organizations but also differences.

The staff members interviewed just as frequently agreed as they disagreed when quizzed on their perspectives concerning culture, sensemaking, and diversity.

Sensemaking is desirable at all three organizations. Employees seem to want time to discuss the meaning of events and decisions.

Organizational culture - dynamic cycle based on behavior, sensemaking, inclusion, exclusion, level achieved, and general rewards.

We were not able to fully tease apart the issue of diversity. MORE STUDY NEEDED.

These team findings are based on our observations and interviews of 2 staff members each. The total sample population includes 6 individuals purposively selected (based on our interview protocol design) at 3 organizations. We each conducted a third interview for our individual presentations' findings.

Therefore, findings are limited by the small sample size.

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