Conceptions of process in organization and management: The case of identity studies

Sandberg, Jorgen, Loacker, Bernadette and Alvesson, Mats (2015). Conceptions of process in organization and management: The case of identity studies. In The Emergence of Novelty in Organizations (pp. 318-344) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728313.003.0012

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Author Sandberg, Jorgen
Loacker, Bernadette
Alvesson, Mats
Title of chapter Conceptions of process in organization and management: The case of identity studies
Title of book The Emergence of Novelty in Organizations
Place of Publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728313.003.0012
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Year available 2015
Series Perspectives on process organization studies
ISBN 9780198728313
Volume number 5
Chapter number 12
Start page 318
End page 344
Total pages 27
Total chapters 12
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Despite the increased use of process perspectives in management and organization studies, what “process” stands for remains highly ambiguous. This chapter develops a typology of the different meanings of the term process using the area of identity studies as the empirical context. In contrast to the “weak” and “strong” views of process within management and organization studies, the typology shows that there exists a continuum of process perspectives in between the “weak”/“strong” views, namely from process as (1) a transition state, (2) sliding, (3) narrative co-production, and (4) an ongoing accomplishment, to regarding process as (5) all-there-is. Several constitutive features of process that have not been previously illuminated are identified, including: ontology, time, space, and agency. Finally, the chapter discusses how the identified process views and their constitutive features can advance not only process research within the area of identity studies but also within management and organization studies more broadly.
Keyword Process perspective
Process typology
Identity studies
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

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