Reflections: On Time, Temporality and Change in Organizations

Dawson, Patrick (2014) Reflections: On Time, Temporality and Change in Organizations. Journal of Change Management, 14 (3). pp. 285-308. ISSN 1469-7017

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Time and temporality has, for the most part, evaded thorough examination and is often sidestepped or assumed to be a non-contentious issue in frameworks that seek to explain organizational change. Temporality (past, present and future) contrasts with atemporal and tenseless conceptions of time where change is viewed as a series of ‘now’ moments in which the past and future are represented as social constructions that serve to make sense of an ongoing present. In the field of organizational change, time remains integral but opaque in theorization and implicit in the explanations captured in macro planned and episodic models characterized by linear temporality in which changes progress through a series of sequential stages, through to the more micro explanations of emergence that focus on continuous reconstituted becoming in changing organizations. This poor conceptualization of time requires attention to further develop theorization and enable researchers to engage in richer empirical work. The article unpacks conceptions of time that underpin change theories and suggests that the concepts of temporal orientation, awareness and accommodation can be used to open up and reflect upon temporality in generating a wider debate and furthering discussions on the place of time in understanding processes of change in organizations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Time, temporality, organizational change, organization theory, change frameworks
Subjects: N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2019 10:59
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:50

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