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Constructing Identity in and around Organizations$
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Majken Schultz, Steve Maguire, Ann Langley, and Haridimos Tsoukas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199640997

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640997.001.0001

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The Momentum of Organizational Change 1

The Momentum of Organizational Change 1

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(p.235) 10 The Momentum of Organizational Change1
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Constructing Identity in and around Organizations
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Elden Wiebe

Roy Suddaby

William M. Foster

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640997.003.0010

The purpose of this chapter is to clarify the concept of momentum by situating momentum within the flow of time (past, present, and future), and in doing so, reconceptualize momentum as agentic. Organization scholars have typically equated momentum with inertia and hence the inability of organizations to change. Close examination of the organization literature, however, reveals that the concept of momentum is not so narrowly defined. From the literature, we identify and delineate three types of momentum—inherent, exploratory, and emergent—on the basis of their relationship to time (past, future, and present, respectively). On the basis of their temporal grounding, we then describe how momentum can be conceptualized as agentic. Finally, we describe the interaction of each temporal dimension (past, present, and future) within each type of momentum. We conclude with some considerations of the implications for organizational change.

Keywords:   momentum, time, agency, organizational change

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