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 36: Cycles of Divergence and Convergence: Underlying Processes of Organization Change and Innovation

Cycles of Divergence and Convergence: Underlying Processes of Organization Change and Innovation

Cycles of Divergence and Convergence: Underlying Processes of Organization Change and Innovation
Kevin DooleyAndrew Van de Ven

Introduction

A central quest of process research is to identify the order and sequence in which events unfold as things emerge, develop, grow, or terminate over time (Abbott, 1990). Researchers across a multitude of disciplines have used a broad array of theoretical and methodological lenses to describe change of and innovation by individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions (Langley et al., 2013). The collective body of research, models, and theories represents an emergent paradigm about how we conceptualize change in human systems. It is useful to understand how theories are common in ways that are independent of the domain ...

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