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Making sense through false syntheses: Working with paradoxes in the reorganization of the Swedish police
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8517-0313
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Police Education Unit at Umeå University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1440-0470
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3253-7243
2017 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article analyses how a working group in the Swedish police made sense of their task in the wake of reorganization. It aims to describe how inputs from top management prompted processes of sensemaking within the group, and their subsequent results in responding to latent paradoxes. The police group’s work was studied through participant observation, interviews and documents. The findings illustrate how the group made latent paradoxes salient and how they worked with these paradoxes to ultimately make them latent again by what we call “false syntheses”. Through this process, the group achieved its task, but the paradoxes were reproduced, made latent and pushed away to another part of the organization. Thus, sensemaking transforms paradoxes from latent to salient, from macro to micro levels of the organization.

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2017.
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Sensemaking, Paradox, Organizational change, Police organization
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138699DOI: 10.1016/j.scaman.2017.06.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-138699DiVA: diva2:1136391
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00700
Available from: 2017-08-28 Created: 2017-08-28 Last updated: 2017-08-28

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