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The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies

The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies

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January 2017 | 678 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies provides a comprehensive and timely overview of the field. This volume offers a compendium of perspectives on process thinking, process organizational theory, process research methodology and empirical applications. The emphasis is on a combination of pedagogical contributions and in-depth reviews of current thinking and research in each of the selected areas, combined with the development of agendas for future research.

The Handbook is divided into five sections:

  • Part One: Process Philosophy
  • Part Two: Process Theory
  • Part Three: Process Methodology
  • Part Four: Process Applications
  • Part Five: Process Perspectives

Ann Langley & Haridimos Tsoukas
Chapter 1: Introduction
C. Robert Mesle and Mark R. Dibben
Chapter 2: Whitehead's Process Relational Philosophy
Wahida Khandker
Chapter 3: Henri Bergson: Toward a Philosophy of Becoming
Keith Robinson
Chapter 4: Gilles Deleuze and Process Philosophy
John Shotter
Chapter 5: James, Dewey, and Mead: On What Must Come before All Our Inquiries
Moshe Farjoun
Chapter 6: Contradictions, Dialectics and Paradoxes
Davide Nicolini and Pedro Monteiro
Chapter 7: The Practice Approach: For a Praxeology of Organisational and Management Studies
Philip Anderson and Alan D. Meyer
Chapter 8: Complexity Theory and Process Organization Studies
Dionysios D. Dionysiou
Chapter 9: Symbolic Interactionism
Barbara Czarniawska
Chapter 10: Actor-Network Theory
Andrea Whittle and William Housley
Chapter 11: Ethnomethodology
Loizos Heracleous
Chapter 12: Discourse Theory
Geoffrey M. Hodgson
Chapter 13: Evolutionary Theory
Merlijn van Hulst, Sierk Ybema and Dvora Yanow
Chapter 14: Ethnography and Organizational Processes
Paula Jarzabkowski, Jane Lê and Paul Spee
Chapter 15: Taking a Strong Process Approach to Analyzing Qualitative Process Data
Marshall Scott Poole, Natalie Lambert, Toshio Murase, Raquel Asencio and Joseph McDonald
Chapter 16: Sequential Analysis of Processes
Anniina Rantakari and Eero Vaara
Chapter 17: Narratives and Processuality
Stuart Albert and Jean M. Bartunek
Chapter 18: Composing a Musical Score for Academic-Practitioner Collaborative Research
Matthias Kipping and Juha-Antti Lamberg
Chapter 19: History in Process Organization Studies: What, Why and How
Jennifer Howard-Grenville and Claus Rerup
Chapter 20: A Process Perspective on Organizational Routines
Timothy Vogus and Ian Colville
Chapter 21: Sensemaking, Simplexity, and Mindfulness
Tor Hernes and Majken Schultz
Chapter 22: A Temporal Understanding of the Connections Between Organizational Culture and Identity
Panita Surachaikulwattana and Nelson Phillips
Chapter 23: Institutions as Process
Richard Whittington
Chapter 24: Strategy as Practice, Process and Institution: Converging on Activity
Juliane Reinecke and Shahzad (Shaz) Ansari
Chapter 25: Time, temporality and Process Studies
Gail Whiteman and Steve Kennedy
Chapter 26: Sustainability as Process
Todd H. Chiles, Sara R. S. T. A. Elias and Qian Li
Chapter 27: Entrepreneurship as process
Raghu Garud, Joel Gehman, Arun Kumaraswamy and Philipp Tuertscher
Chapter 28: From the Process of Innovation to Innovation as Process
Cynthia Hardy and Robyn Thomas
Chapter 29: Power and Process: The Production of 'Knowing' Subjects and 'Known' Objects
Krista Pettit, Mary Crossan and Dusya Vera
Chapter 30: Organizational Learning and Knowledge Processes: A Critical Review
Gail T. Fairhurst
Chapter 31: Leadership Process
François Cooren, Gerald Bartels and Thomas Martine
Chapter 32: Organizational Communication as Process
Paul M. Leonardi
Chapter 33: Materiality as an Organizing Process: Toward a Process Metaphysics for Material Artifacts
Roger L.M. Dunbar & Beth A. Bechky
Chapter 34: Organizational Design as Process
Miguel Pina e Cunha, Anne S. Miner and Elena Antonacopoulou
Chapter 35: Improvisation Processes in Organizations
Kevin Dooley and Andrew Van de Ven
Chapter 36: Cycles of Divergence and Convergence: Underlying Processes of Organization Change and Innovation
Robert Chia
Chapter 37: Process, Practices and Organizational Competitiveness: Understanding Dynamic Capabilities through A Process-Philosophical Worldview
Tor Hernes
Chapter 38: Process as the Becoming of Temporal Trajectory
Joep Cornelissen, Dennis Schoeneborn, and Consuelo Vasquez
Chapter 39: Deconstructing the Theoretical Language of Process Research: Metaphor and Metonymy in Interaction
Hugh Willmott
Chapter 40: Embedding Process: Situating Process in Work Relations
Martha S. Feldman
Chapter 41: Making Process Visible: Alternatives to Boxes and Arrows
Robin Holt
Chapter 42: Truth and Process Studies

Langley and Tsoukas have gathered together a roster of thoughtful scholars who reflect on the theories, methods and applications of process analysis. For experienced scholars, it is a useful birds-eye view for reflecting on the field as a whole and on the ‘process turn’ in organizational studies. For new scholars, this volume provides a series of hand holds for becoming effective process researchers.

Sarah Kaplan
Professor of Strategic Management, Rotman School, University of Toronto

The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies is a remarkable collection of scholarship - a way station where scholars with an interest in process questions can pause to take stock of the field, regroup, and continue to unpack how anything organizational arises, flourishes, and expires over time. While each of the five sections in the book forms a stepping stone for navigating one aspect of contemporary process organizing, the sections collectively constitute a comprehensive roadmap for guiding the field for years to come. Editors Ann Langley and Hari Tsoukas deserve praise for imagining the volume, solidifying the process agenda, and making a major contribution to the field of process organization studies. 

Claus Rerup
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada

Chapter 41 in this compelling Handbook is titled, “Making process visible: alternatives to boxes and arrows.” That title describes the essence of all 42 of these chapters, written by a remarkable assemblage of seasoned process scholars. Fluid times demand fluid organizing and these authoritative discussions provide deep insights into ways that flows of flux and hunches are patterned. Langley and Tsoukas have created an invaluable guide that helps everyone transform the ineffable into vivid experience. 

Karl Weick
Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior and Psychology, University of Michigan's Ross School of Business

This wonderful collection of essays unpacks the field of Process Organization Studies, guiding the reader through its roots in process philosophy and relationship to core theoretical and methodological approaches, to explore the meaning of a process perspective on key topics in contemporary organizational theory. With thoughtful, richly illustrated, and often provocative contributions from an extremely distinguished, international set of process scholars, the Sage Handbook of Process Organization Studies offers both a comprehensive overview for the novice researcher, and a deep dive into this increasingly influential field for those already familiar with its core ideas.

Sally Maitlis
Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Leadership at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Over the last four decades, a ‘process turn’ has gradually taken place within organization studies and the social sciences more broadly. This handbook provides an invaluable source for students and academics who want to understand what a process perspective is, and what it has to offer organization studies. Langley and Tsoukas have skillfully compiled an impressive set of chapters by leading process scholars, covering the entire spectrum of process organization studies: from process philosophy, process theory, process methodology to process applications. A rare intellectual treat indeed!

Jörgen Sandberg
Professor in Management and Organization, UQ Business School, the University of Queensland, Australia

Grounded in diverse ontologies, this Handbook is the magnum opus of process work in organizational studies. Featuring an all-star cast of scholars, this volume covers the vast landscape of process issues from philosophical roots to methodological challenges to applications in such arenas as strategy, leadership, entrepreneurship, and sustainability, among others. It defines the breadth and depth of this work, distills knowledge from process studies in the field, and provides cutting-edge thinking about contemporary issues. It is a must-read volume for process researchers and an essential reference work for all organizational scholarship. 

Linda Putnam
Research Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

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