Sense making and learning in complex organisations: the string quartet revisited
by George Tovstiga, Stefan Odenthal, Stephan Goerner
International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy (IJMCP), Vol. 1, No. 3, 2005

Abstract: Why do musicians consistently succeed in achieving a degree of organisational perfection that many business leaders can only dream of? What makes some music ensembles function so seemingly flawlessly? What roles do learning and sense making play in this? How do learning and sense making occur in organisational settings that are characteristically transient, varying, ephemeral and ambiguous – in other words, organisational settings typically experienced by ensembles? The authors explore the notions of learning and sense making in a string quartet. The string quartet is viewed as a complex learning organisation characterised by a dual dichotomy comprising individual-collective interactions and tacit-explicit knowledge processes. A construct describing the string quartet's field of interaction in terms of learning and sense making is derived and deployed to analyse learning and sense making in complex organisations such as the string quartet. The construct and analysis developed in this paper are based on a case study of the Carmina Quartet of Zurich, Switzerland.

Online publication date: Sat, 24-Dec-2005

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