Understanding and supporting community building: sensemaking, materiality, and desire

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This paper contributes to Scandinavian literature on community building with an empirical study of community building as a process. The study is unfolded using two process theoretical conceptual threads sensemaking-organizing-enactment and desire-event-materiality inspired by Weick and Deleuze, respectively. The analysis suggests that community building can be understood as a phenomenon driven by the intensification of mutual enactment alongside material and narrative threads to the outside world and past communities. Based on this insight, the paper formulates a number of focus points that could be helpful in supporting community building in practice. These include activity, space, atmospheres, hosting, and shared stories.
Translated title of the contributionAt forstå og understøtte fællesskabelse - sensemaking, materaialitet og begær
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2022
Publication statusUnpublished - 1 Jun 2022
EventSecond Colloquium on Philosophy and Organization Studies PHILOS - , Greece
Duration: 23 Jun 202225 Jun 2022


ConferenceSecond Colloquium on Philosophy and Organization Studies PHILOS


  • management, organizational development and innovation

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