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Introducing “Perspectives on Process Organization Studies”

Ann Langley and Haridimos Tsoukas

in Process, Sensemaking, and Organizing

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199594566
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595721 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594566.003.0001

Series: Perspectives on Process Organization

Introducing “Perspectives on Process Organization Studies”

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Perspectives on Process Organization Studies is a new book series dedicated to the development of an understanding of organizations and organizing as processes in the making. This opening chapter of the first volume introduces the foundations of and inspiration for process organization studies, exploring its connections to process rather than substance metaphysics, to process rather than variance theorizing, and to narrative rather than logico‐paradigmatic thinking. The chapter argues for the importance of a process perspective not only to enrich organizational theorizing, but also to contribute to organizational practice through a conception of individual and organizational action that fully recognizes context, flux, and temporality. Finally, the chapter discusses some of the choices and challenges underlying the adoption of a process perspective in empirical research, and situates the book series as a privileged outlet for rigorous scholarship that explicitly advances understanding of how the organizational world we experience is dynamically constituted, maintained, and changed.

Keywords: process metaphysics; becoming; process theory; variance theory; narrative

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Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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