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
Chapter 16: Sequential Analysis of Processes*
Sequential Analysis of Processes*
History is just one damned thing after another.
(Attributed to Arnold Toynbee, British historian)
This quotation aptly describes the basic data that process research must deal with: sequences of events that encode a process and which must be deciphered to explain and to understand the process. Toynbee's quotation is doubly apt because sequential analysis of processes often requires scholars to confront ‘damnably’ difficult analytical tasks due to the quantity and complexity of data they must deal with. The logic and procedures for sequence analysis differ from those most quantitative scholars are trained in because they deal with pattern recognition and testing rather than mean values and simple causal effects. Indeed, the problems these ...