Going Back to Go Forward: On Studying Organizing in Action Nets

Barbara Czarniawska

in Process, Sensemaking, and Organizing

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199594566
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595721 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives on Process Organization

Going Back to Go Forward: On Studying Organizing in Action Nets

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The received view of organizations is that they are tools used to achieve collective goals. This chapter presents the possibility that, like all tools that become cumbersome, obsolete, or simply inadequate, organizations can hinder organizing. Like tools, they do have a solid existence that cannot be ignored. And just like tools, they can be put to unexpected uses: they can become an obstacle to the achievement of collective goals. A return to the generic meaning of the term “organization” as a synonym of constructed order may reveal intricacies of organizing that have been obscured by the presently ruling conceptualization.

Keywords: action net; research; process; organization studies; Oriental world; self-transformation; process organization; social reality

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Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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