Practice and sensemaking: re-thinking senior selection with Bourdieu and Weick

01 September 2011 | Management

Both sociologist Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) and social psychologist Karl Weick (1936- ) made outstanding contributions to helping us think insightfully about human action in real life: in conditions of limited time, patchy understanding and pre-existing commitments to important stakes. This article in the International Journal of Learning and Change uses and compares the two approaches, to re-think what happens when executives are selected to fill senior positions in industries and environments far from the ones in which they learned their skills.

Board, D (2011) Int. J. Learning and Change, 5(1), pp.1-15

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