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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

Open Access
12 Citations (Scopus)

Sensemaking processes and Weickarious learning

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Process approach
90 Citations (Scopus)
339 Downloads (Pure)

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
Organization studies
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

73 Citations (Scopus)

Simplexity: sensemaking, organizing and storytelling for our time

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fusion reactions


Making Sense of Mandatory CSR: An Empirical Investigation

Author: Shete, N., 2019

Supervisor: Colville, I. (Supervisor) & Bondy, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Offenders to University: Potential routes for offenders to access Higher Education

Author: West, G., 1 Nov 2014

Supervisor: Colville, I. (Supervisor), Brennan, J. (Supervisor) & Whitty, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Business (DBA)