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Skillful PerformanceEnacting Capabilities, Knowledge, Competence, and Expertise in Organizations$
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Jörgen Sandberg, Linda Rouleau, Ann Langley, and Haridimos Tsoukas

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806639

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806639.001.0001

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Coping with Time in Organizations

Coping with Time in Organizations

Insights from Heidegger

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(p.261) 12 Coping with Time in Organizations
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Skillful Performance
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Charles Spinosa

Matthew Hancocks

Billy Glennon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198806639.003.0012

Conceptions of time and practices for managing time play an important role in both popular management literature and process organization studies. In popular literature, managers have too little time. In organization studies, managers have multiple time-reckoning practices and experiences of time. In response, we explicate and defend Heidegger’s account of primordial time to show the inauthenticity of living with either too little time or many alternative temporal structurings. People are true to primordial (kairotic) time when they face their existential death—the emerging practices that will make their lives meaningless—accept the past emotions that well up on that account, and adjust themselves to accept the past and avoid existential death. They then do what is essential. Alternatively, taking over other temporal structurings amounts to living as another kind of self-interpreting being—an organization or tribe—and is inauthentic. An episode from Steve Jobs’ career illustrates authentic Heideggerian time management.

Keywords:   time, Heidegger, temporality, structuring, practice, change, identity, history, sense making

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