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Process, Sensemaking, and Organizing$
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Tor Hernes and Sally Maitlis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199594566

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594566.001.0001

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Introducing “Perspectives on Process Organization Studies”

Introducing “Perspectives on Process Organization Studies”

(p.1) 1 Introducing “Perspectives on Process Organization Studies”
Process, Sensemaking, and Organizing

Ann Langley

Haridimos Tsoukas (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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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