Combining Qualitative Methods to Study Collective Cognition in Organizations

Authored by: Ileana Stigliani , Davide Ravasi

Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781848725096
eBook ISBN: 9781315849072
Adobe ISBN: 9781317908784


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The study of collective cognition in organizations can be traced back to the early 1980s, when strategic management scholars became interested in the interpretive side of organizations (e.g., Daft and Weick, 1984; Kiesler and Sproull, 1982; Sims and Gioia, 1984; Weick, 1979). These studies mostly focused on the role of managerial cognition in influencing strategy formulation (e.g., Huff, 1982; Porac and Thomas, 1994; Porac et al., 1989) and strategic outcomes (e.g., Barr, 1998; Barr et al., 1992; Thomas et al., 1993). Ever since, a rise of interest toward cognitive processes in organizations has diffused throughout different areas of managerial scholarship, drawing upon advances in cognitive and social psychology (see Kaplan, 2011a, for a more comprehensive review).

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