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

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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


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • Infrastructure development, Wind power, Mise-en-sens, Sensegiving
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-326
JournalScandinavian Journal of Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch