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 17: Narratives and Processuality

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Narratives and Processuality

Narratives and Processuality
Anniina Rantakari and Eero Vaara


Narratives and stories have become increasingly popular in organizational research in general (Boje, 2014; Czarniawska, 2004; Gabriel, 2004; Vaara, Sonenshein & Boje, 2016) and in process organization research in particular (Cooren et al., 2014). Narratives owe their key role in process organization research to temporality: they provide descriptions of sequences of events (Ricoeur, 1984). While the main themes of process organization research involve becoming, change, flux, as well as creativity, disruption, and indeterminism (Langley & Tsoukas, 2010), the temporal ordering of narratives provides a structure through which the past, present, and future connect (Feldman & Almquist, 2012). Because narrative constructions relate consequences to antecedents in event sequences over time, they are essential means to understand ...

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