A Model of Positive Strategic Sensemaking for Meaningfulness


  • Tarja PÄÄKKÖNEN University of Lapland, Finland
  • Satu MIETTINEN University of Lapland, Finland
  • Melanie SARANTOU University of Lapland, Finland




Sensemaking, meaningfulness, HCD, strategizing, design research


This article proposes a design perspective on strategizing by presenting a Model of Positive Strategic Sensemaking for Meaningfulness. Theory elaboration is used drawing from three related disciplinary fields; strategizing, sensemaking and design. It is proposed that positive and human-centred design facilitation enhances strategizing as an ongoing embodied and material activity where meaning changes in strategy and vision may emerge. By viewing strategizing as a socially constructed evolving phenomenon the model adopts sensemaking and critical theory perspectives where the consequences of decisions for human beings and environment guide further activities. Designers as co-strategist may support or challenge an existing strategic direction resulting in incremental or more radical meaning changes among those affected by, and affecting, the emergence of strategies.




How to Cite

PÄÄKKÖNEN , T., MIETTINEN, S. ., & SARANTOU , M. . (2019). A Model of Positive Strategic Sensemaking for Meaningfulness. Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management, 2(1), 710–721. https://doi.org/10.33114/adim.2019.03.217