Simplexity: sensemaking, organizing and storytelling for our time

Ian Colville, Andrew D. Brown, Annie Pye

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Abstract

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.
LanguageEnglish
Pages5-15
Number of pages11
JournalHuman Relations
Volume65
Issue number1
DOIs
StatusPublished - Jan 2012

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Simplexity : sensemaking, organizing and storytelling for our time. / Colville, Ian; Brown, Andrew D.; Pye, Annie.

In: Human Relations, Vol. 65, No. 1, 01.2012, p. 5-15.

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Colville, Ian ; Brown, Andrew D. ; Pye, Annie. / Simplexity : sensemaking, organizing and storytelling for our time. In: Human Relations. 2012 ; Vol. 65, No. 1. pp. 5-15.
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