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Tor Hernes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695072

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695072.001.0001

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Assumptions for Organizing in a World on the Move

Assumptions for Organizing in a World on the Move

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A Process Theory of Organization

Tor Hernes

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses process theory assumptions rather than organization theory assumptions. It examines central assumptions in process thinking that are seen as necessary for conceptualizing organizing in a world on the move. The assumptions relate to temporality, the role of the social versus the material, modes of connecting, the roles of action, and the nature of process, notably the idea of actuality and potentiality. In a world on the move, focus is on connectedness rather than size, flow rather than stability, and temporality rather than spatiality. In such a view, process thinking may be used to understand how process constitutes organization as a provisional entity emerging from the connecting of entities in the flow of time.

Keywords:   temporality, actions, connecting, actuality, potentiality

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