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Dualities, Dialectics, and Paradoxes in Organizational Life

Moshe Farjoun, Wendy Smith, Ann Langley, and Haridimos Tsoukas


Organizational contradictions and process studies offer interwoven and complementary insights. Studies of dialectics, paradox, and dualities depict organizational contradictions that are oppositional as well as interrelated such that they persistently morph and shift over time. Studies of process often examine how contradictions fuel emergent, dynamic systems and stimulate novelty, adaptation, and transformation. Drawing from rich conversations at the Eighth International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, the contributors to this volume unpack these relationships in more depth. The ch ... More

Keywords: paradoxes, dialectics, dualities, reflexivity, antinomies, temporality, contradictions

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198827436
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198827436.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Moshe Farjoun, editor
Professor, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada

Wendy Smith, editor
Professor, Lerner College of Business and Economics, University of Delaware

Ann Langley, editor
Chair in Strategic Management in Pluralistic Settings, HEC Montréal

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1 Introduction

Moshe Farjoun, Wendy Smith, Ann Langley, and Haridimos Tsoukas

2 Persistence in Paradox

Miguel Pina e Cunha and Stewart Clegg

4 Unpacking the Dynamics of Paradoxes across Levels

Frédéric Gilbert, Valérie Michaud, Kathleen Bentein, Carl-Ardy Dubois, and Jean-Luc Bédard

6 Vicious and Virtuous Cycles

Marianne W. Lewis

7 Eternal Today

Jenni Myllykoski and Anniina Rantakari

9 Studying Paradox as Process and Practice

Paula Jarzabkowski, Rebecca Bednarek, and Jane K. Lê

10 Artefacts and the Dynamics of Truces in Organizational Routines

Nicolás J.B. Wiedemann, Leona Wiegmann, and Juergen Weber

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