Understanding Organization as Process
Theory for a Tangled World
By (author) Tor Hernes
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Understanding Organization as Process by Tor Hernes
Book DescriptionOrganization takes place in a tangled world, intermeshed by changing markets, products, standards, technologies, institutions and social groups. Coming to grips with the complexity and fluidity of organization and management is a persistent problem for scholars and practitioners alike, which is why process issues have received renewed interest in recent years. This book, aimed at scholars and higher level students, frames some of these issues in novel and instructive ways. Process views have existed since before the early Greek philosophers and have made decisive marks in all sciences. Alfred North Whitehead's classic work is a landmark in process philosophy, and his thinking provides renewed impetus to social scientists in search of an expanded framework of process thinking. Theorists such as Niklas Luhmann, Bruno Latour, Karl Weick and James March have contributed significantly towards a process view of organization. In this book, central aspects of their thinking are interpreted and discussed with the help of a broader canvas of process thinking provided by Whitehead. The comparisons do not only allow for interesting connections to be made between the theorists, but they also enable understanding to be made of the thinking behind their respective works. From the analysis, ideas are suggested for a framework for process-based organizational analysis. Advanced students and academics in sociology, organization studies and management studies will find this book useful in its discussion of such subjects as organization theory, process philosophy and process studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415433051
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Tor Hernes
Oxford Handbook of Process Philosophy and Organization Studies, Paperback (October 2015)
This Handbook presents key ideas of philosophers and social theorists whose ideas inform process approaches to organization studies. Each chapter addresses the background and context of this thinker, their work (with a focus on the processual elements), and the potential contribution to organization and management research.
Process Theory of Organization, Hardback (May 2014)
This book presents a novel and comprehensive process theory of organization applicable to 'a world on the move'. It contains a number of practical examples to illustrate the theoretical framework and will serve as an excellent introduction for researchers and graduate students.
Process, Sensemaking, and Organizing, Paperback (May 2012)View all books by Tor Hernes
This volume brings together perspectives on process theories, an emerging approach to the study of organizations that focuses on (understanding) activities, interactions, and change as essential properties of organizations rather than structures and state.
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Author Biography - Tor Hernes
Tor Hernes is Professor at the Norwegian School of Management, where he is also Head of the Department for Innovation and Economic Organization.
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