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

James, Dewey, and Mead: On What Must Come Before All Our Inquiries

James, Dewey, and Mead: On What Must Come Before All Our Inquiries
John Shotter

The essence of life is its continuously changing character; but our concepts are all discontinuous and fixed …. When we conceptualize, we cut out and fix, and exclude everything but what we have fixed. A concept means a that-and-no-other. Conceptually, time excludes space; motion and rest exclude each other; … presence excludes absence; unity excludes plurality; … whereas in the real concrete sensible flux of life experiences compenetrate each other so that it is not easy to know just what is excluded and what not. (James, 1909/1996, pp. 253–254)

Since everything lies open to view there is nothing to explain. For ...

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