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The Fourth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations

The Effects of Culture on Organizational Sensemaking

Dr. Rolf David Dixon.

Organizations face a world that is changing at an ever more rapid pace. This results in increasing levels of uncertainty for the organization. Perceived certainty, or at least predictability, once founded on understanding and sensemaking based on a firm's history and experience with its internal and external environment is often now problematic at best and absent at worst. Firms increasingly turn to an organizational culture, or "shared understanding," as both a context and an interpretor of the environment it faces both within and without the organization. An organization's culture can serve to provide an organizational sense of self, who we are and why we are in a changing world, as well as a heuristic for environmental sensemaking. This paper will consider the role of organizational culture as an organizational sensemaker.


Dr. Rolf David Dixon  (United States)
Associate Professor of Management
Business Department John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics
Weber State University

Dr. Rolf Dixon, (Ph.D., Texas Tech University), is an Associate Professor of Management at Weber State University where he is teaching Strategic Management and International Business. Research areas of interest includes strategic groups as predictors of organizational behavior and performance and management issues involving organizational culture and international culture. Prior research has appeared in such journals as Journal of Business Strategies, Academy of Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Transnational Management Development.

  • Organizational Culture
  • Organizational Sensemaking
  • Environmental Uncertainty

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)