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Sensegiving as mise-en-sens - The case of wind power development

Publiceringsår: 2007
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 306-326
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Scandinavian Journal of Management
Volym: 23
Nummer: 3
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Elsevier


In seeking to advance the understanding of the production, diffusion and negotiation of meaning

in and between organisations, we introduce below the notion of mise-en-sens. Mise-en-sens refers to

the performing art term of mise-en-sce` ne and builds on the French term sens denoting meaning as

well as direction. Starting from a qualitative analysis of how Swedish wind farm developers manage

the permit-application process for their projects, we suggest in a first-order analysis that the activities

of the developers consist in contextualising the project, ontologising it and neutralising criticism

addressed to it. In a second-order analysis, we conceptualise these activities as a mise-en-sens. Miseen-

sens spells out the way in which developers, as meaning managers, stage the project and provide it

with direction. Having positioned mise-en-sens in relation to the notions of sensemaking and

sensegiving, we suggest in conclusion that mise-en-sens could serve to describe not only the activity of

wind farm developers but also, for example, that of project managers or entrepreneurs in general

since they too are engaged in the management of mean


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Infrastructure development
  • Wind power
  • Mise-en-sens
  • Sensegiving


  • ISSN: 0956-5221

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