Entrepreneurship-driven organizational transformation for sustainability: a sensemaking lens

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This paper adopts a sensemaking lens to explore the process of entrepreneurship-driven organizational transformation for sustainability.
Analysis is based on an in-depth case study of a large European meat company. Sensemaking by top and middle managers is analyzed over the period of 18 months.
The findings show how, over time, bidirectional sensemaking, that is, sensemaking for and of sustainability-oriented entrepreneurship, directed and accelerated organizational transformation for sustainability. The case company transformed with regard to organizational strategy, structure, operations and identity. The process revealed temporally different involvement of top and middle managers in sensemaking.
This paper offers unique insights into fast and emergent sustainability-oriented change in an established organization within a highly topical context. The results highlight how continuous and increasingly shared sensemaking can help top and middle managers navigate organizational change for sustainability in dynamic environments over time.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Organizational Change Management
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)240-256
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 24.01.2022

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