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Research interests

My teaching and research interests are in Organizational Change and Development with particular reference to cultural change in the public sector. The perspective adopted is one of sensemaking and organizing. The Change Management Forum is linked to this work.

Guest Editor of a Special Issue of Human Relations Journal entitled Sensemaking, Organising and Storytelling, which will be published in late 2011 or early 2012.

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Projects 2013 2015

High Reliability Organisations

Colville, I. & Brown, A.

The Environment Agency


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2001 2017

Sensemaking, simplexity and mindfulness

Vogus , T. & Colville, I. Jan 2017 The Sage Handbook of Process Organization Studies . Langley , A. & Tsoukas , H. (eds.). London, U. K. : Sage Publications, p. 340-355 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Citations

Sensemaking processes and Weickarious learning

Colville, I., Pye, A. & Brown, A. D. Feb 2016 In : Management Learning. 47, 1, p. 3-13 11 p., DOI: 10.1177/1350507615616542

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

38 Citations

Making sense of sensemaking in organization studies

Brown, A. D., Colville, I. & Pye, A. Feb 2015 In : Organization Studies. 36, 2, p. 265-277 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Decision making
Theory building

Innovation as the practice of change in the public sector

Colville, I. & Carter, M. 29 Mar 2013 Handbook of Innovation in Public Services. Osborne, S. P. & Brown, L. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, p. 91-106 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

40 Citations

Simplexity: sensemaking, organizing and storytelling for our time

Colville, I., Brown, A. D. & Pye, A. Jan 2012 In : Human Relations. 65, 1, p. 5-15 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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