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 39: Deconstructing the Theoretical Language of Process Research: Metaphor and Metonymy in Interaction1

Deconstructing the Theoretical Language of Process Research: Metaphor and Metonymy in Interaction1

Deconstructing the Theoretical Language of Process Research: Metaphor and Metonymy in Interaction
Joep CornelissenDennis SchoenebornConsuelo Vsquez

In this chapter, we reflect on process perspectives on organizations from a meta-theoretical viewpoint and discuss the language that researchers use to conceptualize organizations as process. Our considerations are based on two main premises: First, in general, we believe language to be performative in the sense that it constitutes reality (cf. Austin, 1962; Searle, 1969); second, and more directly related to the focus of our inquiry, the ways researchers conceptually reason in terms of implicit assumptions is fundamentally shaped by the language they use (Cornelissen, 2005). More specifically, and in line with studies of science in action (e.g., ...

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