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Acting Intuition into Sense: How Film Crews Make Sense with Embodied Ways of Knowing

Meziani, N. & Cabantous, L. ORCID: 0000-0003-3533-1208 (2020). Acting Intuition into Sense: How Film Crews Make Sense with Embodied Ways of Knowing. Journal of Management Studies, 57(7), pp. 1384-1419. doi: 10.1111/joms.12619


This study contributes to a holistic understanding of sensemaking by going beyond the mind–body dualism. To do so, we focus analytically on a phenomenon that operates at the nexus of mind and body: intuition. By observing four film crews, we unpack how people act their intuition into sense – that is, how they transform, through action, an initial sense (intuition) that is tacit, intimate, and complex into one that is publicly displayed, simpler, and ordered (i.e., a developed sense). Our model identifies two sensemaking trajectories, each of which involves several bodily actions (e.g., displaying feelings, working hands-on, speaking assertively). These actions enable intuition to express a facet of itself and acquire new properties. This study makes three important contributions. First, it develops the holistic-relational character of sensemaking by locating it in the relations among multiple loci (cognition, language, body, and materiality) rather than in each one disjunctively. Second, it theorizes embodied sensemaking as a transformative process entailing a rich repertoire of bodily actions. Third, it extends sensemaking research by attending to the physicality and materiality of language in embodied sensemaking.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors. Journal of Management Studies published by Society for the Advancement of Management Studies and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher Keywords: body, embodied knowledge, filmmaking, intuition, sensemaking
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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