Time and history have emerged as prominent subjects of interest in organization studies. This volume stands testament to the recent foregrounding of time and history as focal objects of organizational study and scholarship. The precise relationship of temporality and history to processes of change remains under-theorized, and we lack a coherent set of conceptual tools that can be applied to ongoing research directed to addressing the puzzle. The chapters in this volume, devoted to understanding temporality and history as a central element of process, offer a glimpse of both a defining puzzle and a set of emergent conceptual tools that might be useful for scholars engaged in historical and temporally sensitive organizational research. Before elaborating their contribution to the emergent theoretical scaffolding of historical and temporal organizational scholarship, this chapter presents the puzzle and its evolution in prior literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTime, Temporality, and History in Process Organization Studies
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780198870715
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2021


  • Agency
  • History
  • Objectivity
  • Organizational research
  • Temporality
  • Time


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