Territoriality and sensemaking in organisations

Irving, Gemma, Ayoko, Oluremi B. and Ashkanasy, Neal M. (2012). Territoriality and sensemaking in organisations. In: Werner Soontiens, 26th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Managing for Volatility and Instability. ANZAM 2012 Conference, Perth, Australia, (). 5-7 December 2012.

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Author Irving, Gemma
Ayoko, Oluremi B.
Ashkanasy, Neal M.
Title of paper Territoriality and sensemaking in organisations
Conference name ANZAM 2012 Conference
Conference location Perth, Australia
Conference dates 5-7 December 2012
Proceedings title 26th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Managing for Volatility and Instability
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher ANZAM
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Published abstract
ISBN 9780987415806
Editor Werner Soontiens
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Employees regularly express and maintain attachments to organisational objects through territorial behaviour. Yet, to date, organisational studies lack a clear framework for understanding the psychological and social processes that shape territoriality at work. We argue in this paper that, as a result, that there is a limited understanding of how employees construct meaning about territorial behaviours in the context of the physical work environment. To address this problem we draw on sensemaking theory to explore the process – namely: noticing, framing, labelling and acting – whereby employees come to make sense of work place territoriality. We argue in particular that conflict over physical space and resources is likely to emerge when co-workers have different understandings of territorially.
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Abstract 225 Oral Presentation - Published Abstract

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