Process, Sensemaking, and Organizing

Paperback | May 31, 2012

EditorTor Hernes, Sally Maitlis

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Process, Sensemaking, and Organizing is the first in a series of volumes which explore perspectives on process theories, an emerging approach to the study of organizations that focuses on (understanding) activities, interactions, and change as essential properties of organizations rather thanstructures and state - an approach which prioritizes activity over product, change over persistence, novelty over continuity, and expression over determination. Process and sensemaking may be seen as mutually interlocking phenomena and, as such, are cornerstones in process thinking, This volume brings together contributions from an international group of scholars energized by process organization studies. The collection offers perspectives from differentdisciplines, insights from diverse theoretical traditions and contexts, and parallels made with a range of cultural forms, including art, poetry, and cookery. At the same time, the chapters exhibit a clear emphasis on a process ontology, process theorizing, and narrative thinking. Across this richand varied collection recurrent themes emerge that distinguish process theorizing from the more logico-scientific, variance-oriented research that dominates organization studies today. This book will appeal to academics, researchers, and graduate students in management, organization studies, andsociology who wish to better understand the emergent, changing, and flow-like character of organizational life and expand their understanding of the nature of sensemaking as a basis for organizing.

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Process, Sensemaking, and Organizing is the first in a series of volumes which explore perspectives on process theories, an emerging approach to the study of organizations that focuses on (understanding) activities, interactions, and change as essential properties of organizations rather thanstructures and state - an approach which pri...

Tor Hernes is Professor of Organization Theory at Copenhagen Business School. Among his books are Understanding Organization as Process: Theory for a Tangled World (London: Routledge, 2007) and Actor-network Theory and Organizing (edited with Barbara Czarniawska, 2005, Copenhagen Business School). Tor Hernes works from a combination o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pagesPublished:May 31, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Ann Langley and Haridimos Tsoukas: Introducing Perspectives on Process Organization StudiesTor Hernes and Sally Maitlis: Process, Sensemaking, and Organizing: an IntroductionJohn Mullarkey: Stop Making (Philosophical) Sense: Notes towards a Process Organizational-thinking beyond 'Philosophy'Kenneth J. Gergen: Co-Constitution, Causality, and Confluence: Organizing in a World without EntitiesJohn Shotter: Adopting a Process Orientation....in Practice: Chiasmic Relations, Language, and Embodiment in a Living WorldKarl E. Weick: The Poetics of Process: Theorizing the Ineffable in Organization StudiesRobert Chia: Rediscovering Becoming: Insights from an Oriental Perspective on Process Organization StudiesBarbara Czarniawska: Going Back to Go Forward: On Studying Organizing in Action NetsTor Hernes: Actor-Network Theory, Callon's Scallops, and Process-based Organization StudiesSergey E. Osadchiy, Irma Bogenrieder, and Pursey P.M.A.R. Heugens: Organizational Learning through Problem Absorption: a Processual ViewElden Wiebe: Temporal Sensemaking: Managers' Use of Time to Frame Organizational ChangeSilvia Jordan and Hermann Mitterhofer: Studying Metaphors-in-use in their Social and Institutional Context - Sensemaking and Discourse TheoryRobert P. Gephart, Jr., Cagri Topal, and Zhen Zhang: Future-oriented Sensemaking: Temporalities and Institutional Legitimation

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"The recent decades witnessed conspicuous changes in organization theory: a slow but inexorable shift from the focus on structures to the focus on processes. The whirlwinds of the global economy made it clear that everything flows, even if change itself can become stable. While the interest inprocesses of organizing is not new, it is now acquiring a distinct presence, as more and more voices join in. A forum is therefore needed where such voices can speak to one another, and to the interested readers. The series Perspectives on Process Organization Studies will provide an excellent forumof that kind, both for those for whom a processual perspective is a matter of ontology, and those who see it as an epistemological choice." --Barbara Czarniawska, Professor of Management Studies, School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden