Designing the Future Perfect: Developing a temporal understanding of the intentionality and generativity of organisational practices

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Title: Designing the Future Perfect: Developing a temporal understanding of the intentionality and generativity of organisational practices
Authors: O Riordan, Niamh
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7753
Date: 15-Sep-2015
Abstract: According to Barbara Adam, 'time is such an obvious factor in social science that it is almost invisible'. Indeed, organisational researchers have relied upon taken-for-granted assumptions about the nature of time and have built theories that are frequently silent about the temporal nature of our being in the world. This paper addresses two key questions about time: (i) which formulation(s) of time are most useful in our research, and (ii) how might we use such formulations to build better theory? In addressing the first question, two main formulations of time are examined. The first is frequently associated with research in the natural sciences and relates time to the sense of passing time expressed in successive readings of the clock. The second is typically associated with research in the social sciences and relates time to the experience of purposive, intentional, goal-directed behaviour. In order to build better theory, organisational scholars are encouraged to identify and classify the formulations of time that underpin their research, to evaluate the fit between those temporal assumptions and the goals of their research, and to investigate the extent to theories that are based on different assumptions about time can be combined or integrated.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Keywords: Temporality;Technology;Information systems
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: The Quadrangular Conference on Technology, Organisations and Society: Organisational Practices within Contemporary Landscapes, Lancaster University, UK, 14 - 15 September, 2015
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