Chapter 1: Longitudinal research in organizations: an introduction
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Researchers have attempted to grasp and understand processes, mechanisms, dynamics, causalities, life cycles, future prognoses, sequences, chains and orders of events, actions and activities, functioning logics, antecedents and consequences, the meaning of time, changes, shifts, evolutions and developments, periods, stages and phases, episodes, epochs and eras and numerous other topics, in business economics as well as other disciplines, for decades (e.g. Poole et al. 2000; Pettigrew et al. 2001). Some phenomena are only detectable through a longitudinal research design. Among the first authors to address the need for studying phenomena overtime was N.D. Kondratieff in 1925.