The forming of shared cognition in business ecosystems: collective sensemaking and its influence on mental models
Madrid, Spain : [S.n.]
InProceedings of the 34th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society
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Proceedings of the 34th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society
Mental models tend to converge within organizations and this hinders cooperation across organizations. For a business ecosystem to be effective, it is therefore crucial to build shared cognition between the partnering organizations. Collective sensemaking has been suggested to play an important role in the forming of shared cognition, but how does collective sensemaking in business ecosystems come about and what is its influence on mental models? To answer that question, we follow 96 managers from the Dutch energy sector that engage in group model building workshops aimed at making sense of the ongoing ‘energy transition’. Mental model measurements before and after the workshops provide evidence for the resulting change in shared cognition.
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