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Simplexity: sensemaking, organizing and storytelling for our time

Colville, I., Brown, A. D. and Pye, Annie ORCID: 2012. Simplexity: sensemaking, organizing and storytelling for our time. Human Relations 65 (1) , pp. 5-15. 10.1177/0018726711425617

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Simplexity is advanced as an umbrella term reflecting sensemaking, organizing and storytelling for our time. People in and out of organizations increasingly find themselves facing novel circumstances that are suffused with dynamic complexity. To make sense through processes of organizing, and to find a plausible answer to the question ‘what is the story?’, requires a fusion of sufficient complexity of thought with simplicity of action, which we call simplexity. This captures the notion that while sensemaking is a balance between thinking and acting, in a new world that owes less to yesterday’s stories and frames, keeping up with the times changes the balance point to clarifying through action. This allows us to see sense (making) more clearly.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0018-7267
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 10:12

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