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The Emergence of Novelty in Organizations$
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Raghu Garud, Barbara Simpson, Ann Langley, and Haridimos Tsoukas

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198728313

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728313.001.0001

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Negotiating Novelty

Negotiating Novelty

How Cultural Psychology Looks at Organizational Dynamics

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The Emergence of Novelty in Organizations

Jaan Valsiner

Oxford University Press

Cultural psychology is a new area of general psychology that brings together developmental and social psychologies with cultural anthropology and history. It emerged at the intersection of developmental and social psychologies in the 1980s, combined with the interests of educational institutions. Within a set of different directions in cultural psychology, it is the semiotic dynamics direction that uniquely focuses on the processes of sign construction and use in irreversible time. Sign use guides actions, and actions feed forward to new construction and use of signs. This feed-forward loop involves the building and demolishing of sign hierarchies that control both continuity and innovation of general meaningfulness of the ongoing activities. The negotiation of safety in organizational discourses illustrates the general principles of sign-mediated processes of regulating organizational dynamics.

Keywords:   sign mediation, culture, general psychology, organizational dynamics, cultural psychology

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