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The aim of this article was to analyze how the presence of the constitutive elements of organizational links are related to sensemaking in a medical work cooperative system. To achieve this goal, a content analysis was conducted of interviews with managers of a cooperative that is a member of the Brazilian cooperative system and one of the largest in the world. This analysis enabled the systematization of the categories that were identified through the coding of the responses with the aid of Atlas.ti 8.0 software. After the analysis, it was possible to resize the constitutive elements identified in the specialized literature into three categories: identification, cooperation and recognition. The proposed resizing does not preclude the presence of the constitutive elements identified in the analysis, but it evidences the presence of these elements in a contextualized manner, suggesting a model of an organic organizational link that is dependent on the relationship between subject-object (organization), in which the different perceptions of meanings affect identification, and this can strengthen or weaken the link in a constant process of resignification.

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With regard to its theoretical relevance, the work helps to bring concepts related to organizational ties and sensemaking closer together as a process in the realm of intersubjectivity. This provides evidence of the presence of constituent elements of ties in a contextualized manner, demonstrating that the interpretation of managers aids sensemaking in a process of circularity and resignification.


The aim of this study was to contribute to the discussion on links and meanings based on the original perspective of Pichon-Riviere, which allowed the construction of an integrated analysis model, approximating phenomena such as sensemaking and organizational identification.

Alex Weymer

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This page is a summary of: Organizational links and sensemaking in a medical work cooperative system, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management An International Journal, April 2021, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/qrom-08-2020-2015.
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