Chapter 9: Making the multiple: Theorising processes of entrepreneurship and organisation
Edited by Daniel Hjorth
Organizational and entrepreneurship scholars are increasingly engaging with process theory in their theoretical and analytical work. In the last 30 years or more, entire academic careers have been built around the pursuit of a process perspective of organization, and around eff orts to fl esh out the by now enigmatic term ‘organizing’. To name a few, Karl Weick, Robert Cooper, Robert Chia, and Barbara Czarniawska have made crucial contributions, while institutional support comes from Haridimos Tsoukas, who has since 2005 re-invented the Greek Isles as places for intense philosophical exploration of process theory and for the emergence of so-called process organization studies. Such intensive encounters enable academic communities not only to support or even to institutionalize their unusual perspectives but also to notice and deal with the sometimes contradictory positions that are part of the quickly expanding range of various so-called process perspectives (Wood, 2002; De Cock and Sharp, 2007; Steyaert, 2007; Weik, 2011). Such tensions become visible when philosophical assumptions are closely scrutinized (Hernes, 2008; Weik, 2011) or when new conceptual language does not give rise to new research practices and classical ways of treating method are continued instead (De Cock and Sharp, 2007). Currently many of the contributions on process theory are oriented towards sensemaking, even when it is called a relative newcomer to process thinking (Hernes and Maitlis, 2010: 27).
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