Building new theoretical foundations to understand organization through temporality
It is a paradox that there are only a few books that deal explicitly with the notion of organization per se in organization studies. A Process Theory of Organization is one such book; rather than aligning the theory with those who conceive developments about organization as a spatial phenomenon, this book offers an alternative view by dealing with organization as a temporal phenomenon. This is exactly why A Process Theory of Organization constitutes an important step forward in the field of organization theories as a whole. However, as much as this book has influenced my own work, I have to admit that it is not an easy text for scholars. It requires both a strong culture in organization theories and philosophy to fully understand the core ideas developed by the author. That being said, whether or not one agrees with Tor Hernes, this text provides such a fresh perspective on organization that it should help scholars to override traditional assumptions about organization, and to develop new and forward-thinking perspectives. This is particularly welcome in our everchanging world, marked by the emergence of many new organizational forms steered by new work practices, technologies, and socio-economic challenges. This book is thus urgent enough to be considered as a landmark text for anyone trying to understand organization in the current context; this may be why Tor Hernes won the George R. Terry Book Award in 2015 with this work.
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