Process studies of change in organization and management: Unveiling temporality, activity, and flow

Ann Langley, Clive Smallman, Haridimos Tsoukas, Andrew H. Van De Ven

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Abstract

Process studies focus attention on how and why things emerge, develop, grow, or terminate over time. We identify various ontological assumptions underlying process research, explore its methods and challenges, and draw out some of its substantive contributions revealed in this Special Research Forum on Process Studies of Change in Organization and Management. Process studies take time seriously, illuminate the role of tensions and contradictions in driving patterns of change, and show how interactions across levels contribute to change. They may also reveal the dynamic activity underlying the maintenance and reproduction of stability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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