Edited by Mélanie E. Hassett and Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki
The role of time in organizational research is fundamental and all-pervasive. Time can be classified in many ways. First, we could consider time as an objectively measurable quantity. This type of time has been labeled clock time (Ancona et al. 2001) and is characterized by being objective, linear, irreversible and consisting of units that can be subdivided. In contrast to clock time, cyclical time (Ancona et al. 2001) is not linear and instead is characterized as following a regular repeating pattern. An example of cyclical time is what McGrath and Rotchford (1983) call biological time. Biological time applies to the cycles regularly observed in living organisms, such as circadian rhythms. Several authors note that we can also think of time as subjective. The term ‘subjective time’ applies to the psychological experience of time (McGrath and Rotchford 1983). For example, the passing of one hour may be experienced differently if one is engaged in conversation with a friend versus awaiting the arrival of that friend.
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