A Process Theory of Organization

Paperback | July 15, 2014

byTor Hernes

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This book presents a novel and comprehensive process theory of organization applicable to "a world on the move", where connectedness prevails over size, flow prevails over stability, and temporality prevails over spatiality. The process theory developed in the book draws upon process thinking in a number of areas, including process philosophy, pragmatism, phenomenology, and science and technology studies. Salient ideas from these schools are carefully woven into a process theory of organization, which makes the book notonly a thought provoking theoretical contribution, but also a much needed glimpse into the challenges faced by organizers. Taking a distinctly temporal view of organizational life the author shows how actors operate in an on-going present in which they draw upon their past and project their past asambitions for the future. This on-going work in which technologies, concepts, and social actors take part is crucial for the making of any type of organizational formation. A key construct of the book is that of events, which provide force, movement, and continuity to organizational life. The book is suitable for scholars and advanced level students in organization studies, management studies, technology studies, and sociology. It contains a number of practical examples to illustrate the theoretical framework.

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This book presents a novel and comprehensive process theory of organization applicable to "a world on the move", where connectedness prevails over size, flow prevails over stability, and temporality prevails over spatiality. The process theory developed in the book draws upon process thinking in a number of areas, including process phi...

Tor Hernes is Professor of Organization Theory at Copenhagen Business School and Vestfold University College, Norway, where he teaches and carries out research on process thinking and organization. He has published a dozen books as well as process related articles in top tier European and American journals. He is a leading figure in th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199695083

ISBN - 13:9780199695089

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart I. Some problems of organization theory, and the potential of process organization theory2. Why assumptions in organization theory do not work for organizing in a world on the move3. Assumptions for organizing in a world on the movePart II. Towards a process theory of organization4. Temporality and process5. Organization, meaning structures, and time6. Articulatory modes and agencyPart III. Process theory and selected aspects of organization and management7. Organizational continuity and change8. Managing and leading in time9. Culture, identity and institutions10. Some thoughts on studying process11. A plea for mysteryAnnex 1. The theoretical framework in brief and an explanatory cartoon

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"A world on the move and how to catch it without making it static; this is the big challenge that the book addresses. The author offers a great introduction to a process theory of organization since it makes evident how temporality is at the heart of organizational life, and how it should bestudied." --Silvia Gherardi, Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale, Trento University