Cognitively Skilled Organizational Decision Making: Making Sense of Deciding

Julia Balogun, Annie Pye, Gerard P. Hodgkinson

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This article aims to bring the organizational cognition approach to decision making together with a sensemaking perspective on deciding, in an endeavor to bring real people and processes into the picture to develop a more integrative understanding of how people "do decision making"-an enterprise which has both academic and practical relevance. The article begins by positioning this approach within decision-making research. It then explains the concepts of sensemaking and deciding, and sensereading and sensewrighting; explores why such skills are critical to the processes of organizational decision making; and finally, why this is an important area for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Organizational Decision Making
EditorsG. P. Hodgkinson, W. H. Starbuck
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577338
ISBN (Print)9780199290468
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Decision making
  • Decision-making research
  • Organizational cognition
  • Organizational skills
  • Sensemaking
  • Sensewrighting


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