February 13 (the second Monday of the month) is the 107th meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is on Eventbrite at https://sensemaking-theory-building.eventbrite.ca .

Sensemaking and Theory-Building

Some ideas have become everyday words.  "Sensemaking" and "theory" are two of them.  The "commonsense" understanding may not line up to the scientific meaning that has evolved in research over the past few decades.

For this session, Gary S. Metcalf will provide a baseline, based on some suggested pre-readings as reference points  The discussion will then open up so that participants can voice their impressions, consider a variety of interpretations, and reflect on ways the differences can be constructive or confusing.


Suggested pre-reading: 

Chun Wei Choo, "The Management of Ambiguity: Organizations as Sensemaking Communities", The Knowing Organization, https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176780.003.0003 , available at http://choo.fis.utoronto.ca/FIS/Courses/LIS2102/SM.chap3.html

Eisenhardt, K. M. & Graebner, M. E. (2010). Theory building from cases: opportunities and challenges. Paper presented at PMI® Research Conference: Defining the Future of Project Management, Washington, DC. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute. at https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/theory-building-case-studies-opportunities-6440


Post-meeting artifacts

Bloggers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.