Before extending current research on how managerial experiences affect individual and organizational sensemaking, the next section presents the research strategy, which was chosen to answer the given research questions. As discussed in chapter C7 research on this topic is a relatively new field and has not yet derived a consistent structure of hypotheses to build on. The presented research questions are therefore of explorative nature and are thus especially applicable to case study research.420 Between March and November 2005 ten top management teams consisting of 50 team members were interviewed to derive patterns of how managerial experience influences individual and organizational sensemaking.421 Data was drawn from triangulating multiple sources: semi-structured interviews, questionnaires and additional sources like annual reports etc. The top management teams were active in two industries (manufacturing and financial services). Organizational size (from less than 250 to about 3,400 employees) and ownership structure and involvement in management (family-owned and managed, family-owned but not family-managed, publicly-owned, subsidiary of an international company, state-controlled) were further dimensions that varied between the interviewed teams. Two researchers conducted the data collection and data analysis phase to ensure research quality. The data was analyzed for patterns within the cases (the top management teams) and between them to derive propositions on the effects of managerial experience through “analytic generalization”.422


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