Brilliant! “Process studies of change in organization and management: Unveiling temporality, activity and flow”

First of ten blog posts about academic articles I plan to read before 31st October.

In the unlikely event I am ever writing the introduction to a special issue of a highly prestigious academic journal, I know where to come for an example to crib. These guys knocked it out of the park

Langley, A., Smallman, C., Tsoukas, H., & Van de Ven, A. H. (2013). Process studies of change in organization and management: Unveiling temporality, activity and flow. Academy of Management Journal, 56, 1–13

Rather than just recount what is IN the article, they, well, they synthesise, abstract, abduct and, well, THINK.

and the insights just flow and flow and flow

There is this on “interactional expertise” (Colins, 2004 –Interactional Expertise as a Third Kind of Knowledge)

I could go on and on, about processual dynamic stability, about virtual (vicarious) learning and much else but a) copyright and b) you gotta read this if you think, as I do, that history matters. (One of my all-time favourite song lyrics is Bob Marley’s “If you know your history, you will know where you’re coming from!).

But I mentioned abduction, and here’s a quote about that. So hard to think in verbs rather than nouns…

In terms of how to do process work, why it’s better (cos it is, imo) than variance stuff – though we need both – this is a brilliant leaping off point, and one I’ve not fully mined. I will have to revisit it, at least some of the papers (I’d already read one, back in the PhD days).

Fun fact – Ann Langley is still writing, and her latest stuff looks very very interesting…

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