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 33: Materiality as an Organizing Process: Toward a Process Metaphysics for Material Artifacts
Materiality as an Organizing Process: Toward a Process Metaphysics for Material Artifacts
In the everyday world, people are used to making distinctions between activities and things. If you walked into a meeting with a friend and asked that friend to observe what was happening, he or she would likely say something like, ‘people are talking,’ ‘they are making decisions,’ or ‘they are coordinating.’ Your friend would not be likely to say, ‘the wood is becoming a desk’ or ‘the spreadsheet is becoming an amortization table.’ If he or she did say that, it would be weird. But it would be just as weird if you asked your friend to point ...