TMT Sensemaking: Concluding Remarks

The starting point of the study reported in this chapter was to find evidence for TMT sensemaking about leading middle managers while enriching TMT research with a qualitative account of a TMT in action. Transcripts of TMT meetings and interviews were analyzed to see how a TMT made sense of its leadership task toward middle managers. This has resulted in several key constructs: images of leadership during TMT sensemaking (directive, transactional, paternalistic), characteristics of the sensemaking process (self-confirmatory), and TMT unity in action as determinant of decision implementation.

The results indicated that TMT sensemaking was organized along one dimension for understanding middle managers’ behavior, ...

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