Making Time: Time and Management in Modern Organizations

Paperback | July 1, 2002

EditorRichard Whipp, Barbara Adam, Ida Sabelis

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Time is an essential feature of social and organizational life and part of the deep structure of business activity. Plans, performance, productivity, and pay are all linked to and often measured by time.Yet time is often taken for granted in daily life and the business world. The aim of this book is to bring time into sharper focus and in particular to look at the way time is constructed, made, managed, and used in organizations. The book both provides an overview of some of the key concepts intime -- time's arrow, time's cycle, clock time, etc. -- and it explores how particular features of the modern world -- global time, futures, etc. -- extend and change the temporal dimension of organizational activity. Making Time emphasizes the richness of the temporal relations within organizations and the wealth of competing attempts to order and control time in the act of managing. It describes and explains this temporal complexity as it occurs in management, giving full recognition to the way that peoplecreate their own sense of time alongside the official temporal apparatus of the clock and diary. The contributors use a variety of management perspectives -- strategy, organization theory, decision making, industrial relations, and marketing -- and deliberately place the experience of moretraditional industrial settings alongside those at the forefront of the 'new economy'.Making Time seeks to spark a debate across the field of management that does justice to the richness of the temporal features of contemporary organizations. The book will be vital reading for those who want to understand the complexities of time in organizations and the modern world, and thechallenges it presents for the theoretical and practical spheres of management.

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Time is an essential feature of social and organizational life and part of the deep structure of business activity. Plans, performance, productivity, and pay are all linked to and often measured by time.Yet time is often taken for granted in daily life and the business world. The aim of this book is to bring time into sharper focus and...

Richard Whipp is a Professor at Cardiff Business School and is the Chair of the British Academy of Management. He has taught and researched at Warwick Business School and Aston Business School as well as holding visiting positions at the University of Uppsala and the LSE. He has published widely in the areas of innovation and strategi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.54 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Barbara Adam, Richard Whipp, and Ida Sabelis: Choreographing Time and Management: Traditions, Developments, and OpportunitiesPart I: Masking Time, Making Time: Rethinking Basic Assumptions2. Laurids Hedaa and Jan-Ake Tornroos: Towards a Theory of Timing: Kairology in Business Networks3. Christian Noss: Taking Time Seriously: Organizational Change, Flexibility, and the Present Time in a New Perspective4. David Knights and Pamela Odih: Now's the Time! Consumption and Time (Space) Disruptions in Postmodern Virtual Worlds5. Alf Rehn: Good Times and Bad Times: The Moral Discourse of Time and ManagementPart II: Temporal Strategies in a Rapidly Changing World6. Ida Sabelis: Hidden Causes for Unknown Losses: Time Compression in Management7. Nishimoto Ikuko: Cooperation Engineered: Efficiency in a Complex Division of Labour of the 'Just-in-Time' System8. Emma Bell and Alan Tuckman: Hanging on the Telephone: Temporal Flexibility and the Accessible Worker9. Heijin Lee and Jonathan Liebenau: A New Time Discipline: Managing Virtual Work Environments10. Paul Sergius Koku: The Simultaneous Use of Time by Management and Consumers in Launching and Buying a New Product: An Empirical Analysis of the Computer IndustryPart III: The Temporal Implications of Alternative Approaches to Management11. Ronald E. Purser: Contested Presents: Critical Perspectives on 'Real Time' Management12. Dirk Bunzel: The Rhythm of the Organization: Simultaneity, Identity, and Discipline in an Australian Coastal Hotel13. Tom Keenoy, Cliff Oswick, Peter Anthony, David Grant, and Iain Mangham: Interpretative Times: The Timescapes of Managerial Decision Making