The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies provides a comprehensive and timely overview of the field. This volume offers a compendium of perspectives on process thinking, process organizational theory, process research methodology and empirical applications. The emphasis is on a combination of pedagogical contributions and in-depth reviews of current thinking and research in each of the selected areas, combined with the development of agendas for future research. The Handbook is divided into five sections: Part One: Process Philosophy Part Two: Process Theory Part Three: Process Methodology Part Four: Process Applications Part Five: Process Perspectives

Ethnomethodology

Ethnomethodology
Andrea WhittleWilliam Housley

Where others might see ‘things', ‘givens’ or ‘facts of life', the ethnomethodologist sees (or attempts to see) process: the process through which the perceivedly stable features of socially organized environments are continually created and sustained.

(Pollner, 1974: 27)

Introduction: What Is Ethnomethodology?

The term ‘ethnomethodology’ can be quite confusing. It sounds a bit like a form of research ‘methodology’ like, say, interviews or questionnaires. This is misleading because it is not. Nor is it a social ‘theory’ like, say, institutional theory or agency theory. Rather, it is a distinct paradigm of sociological inquiry in its own right. Ethnomethodology seeks to ‘re-specify’ the issues, topics, and concepts of mainstream social science (Button, 1991). The term ‘re-specify’ means taking those concepts used within mainstream functionalist social ...

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