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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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Going Back to Go Forward: On Studying Organizing in Action Nets

Going Back to Go Forward: On Studying Organizing in Action Nets

(p.140) 8 Going Back to Go Forward: On Studying Organizing in Action Nets
Process, Sensemaking, and Organizing

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The received view of organizations is that they are tools used to achieve collective goals. This chapter presents the possibility that, like all tools that become cumbersome, obsolete, or simply inadequate, organizations can hinder organizing. Like tools, they do have a solid existence that cannot be ignored. And just like tools, they can be put to unexpected uses: they can become an obstacle to the achievement of collective goals. A return to the generic meaning of the term “organization” as a synonym of constructed order may reveal intricacies of organizing that have been obscured by the presently ruling conceptualization.

Keywords:   action net, research, process, organization studies, Oriental world, self-transformation, process organization, social reality

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