Sensemaking, safety, and situated communities in (con)temporary networks

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Show simple item record Kavanagh, Donncha Kelly, Séamus 2016-06-21T14:00:27Z 2016-06-21T14:00:27Z 2002-07
dc.identifier.citation Kavanagh, D. and Kelly, S. (2002) 'Space, sensemaking and situated communities in (con)temporary networks,' Journal of Business Research, 55(7), pp. 583-594. en
dc.identifier.volume 55 en
dc.identifier.issued 7 en
dc.identifier.startpage 583 en
dc.identifier.endpage 594 en
dc.identifier.issn 0148-2963
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/S0148-2963(00)00188-0
dc.description.abstract This paper discusses the difficulties involved in managing knowledge-intensive, multinational, multiorganisational, and multifunctional project networks. The study is based on a 2-year quasi-ethnography of one such network engaged in the design and development of a complex new process control system for an existing pharmaceutical plant in Ireland. The case describes how, drawing upon the organisational heritage of the corporations involved and the logic implicit within their global partnership arrangements, the project was initially structured in an aspatial manner that underestimated the complexity of the development process and the social relations required to support it. Following dissatisfaction with initial progress, a number of critical management interventions were made, which appeared to contribute to a recasting of the network ontology that facilitated the cultivation and protection of more appropriate communicative spaces. The case emphasises the need to move away from rationalistic assumptions about communication processes within projects of this nature, towards a richer conceptualisation of such enterprises as involving collective sensemaking activities within and between situated ‘communities’ of actors. Contrary to much contemporary writing, the paper argues that space and location are of crucial importance to our understanding of network forms of organising. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.rights © 2002 Elsevier. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license en
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dc.subject Industrial networks en
dc.subject Trust en
dc.subject Project management en
dc.subject Space en
dc.subject Communities of practice en
dc.subject Virtual organisation en
dc.title Sensemaking, safety, and situated communities in (con)temporary networks en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Donncha Kavanagh, Management & Marketing, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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dc.contributor.funder British Council en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Business Research en
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