The Oxford Handbook of Process Philosophy and Organization Studies

ISBN : 9780199669356

Jenny Helin; Tor Hernes; Daniel Hjorth; Robin Holt
656 Pages
181 x 253 mm
Pub date
May 2014
Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management
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Process approaches to organization studies focus on flow, activities, and evolution, understanding organizations and organizing as processes in the making. They stand in contrast to positivist approaches that see organizations and phenomena as fixed, static, and measurable. Process approaches draw on a range of ideas and philosophies. The Handbook examines 34 philosophers and social theorists, both those commonly linked to process thinking, such as Whitehead, Bergson and James, and those that are not as often addressed from a process perspective such as Dilthey and Tarde. Each chapter addresses the background and context of this thinker, their work (with a focus on the processual elements), and the potential contribution to organization and management research. For students and scholars in the field of Organization Studies this book is an entry point into the work of philosophical thinkers and social theorists for whom the world is far from being a solid place.


1. Process is how process does
2. Laozi's Daodejing (6th century BC)
3. Heraclitus (540-480 BC)
4. Confucius (551-479 BC)
5. Zhuang Zi
6. Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)
7. Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716)
8. Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
9. Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911)
10. Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914)
11. William James (1842- 1910)
12. Gabriel Tarde (1843-1904)
13. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
14. Henri Bergson (1859-1941)
15. John Dewey (1859-1952)
16. Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)
17. George Herbert Mead (1863-1931)
18. Nishida Kitaro (1870-1945)
19. Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1952)
20. Martin Heidegger (1889 - 1976)
21. Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975)
22. Jacques-Marie-Emile Lacan (1901-1981)
23. Gregory Bateson (1904-1980)
24. Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)
25. Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)
26. Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908 - 1961)
27. Arne Naess (1912 2009)
28. Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005)
29. Harold Garfinkel (1917-2011)
30. George Spencer Brown (1923b)
31. Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995)
32. Michel Foucault (1926-1984)
33. Luce Irigaray (1930b)
34. Michel Serres (1930b)
35. Peter Sloterdijk (1947b)
36. Process and Reality

About the author: 

Jenny Helin has a post doctoral position at Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research interests lie at the intersection of process philosophy and dialogue. She explores collaborative research practices mainly in the field of family owned businesses. ; Tor Hernes is a professor of organization theory at Copenhagen Business School and Vestfold University College, Norway, where he teaches and carries out research on process thinking and organization. He has published about a dozen books as well as process related articles in top tier European and American journals. Among his latest books is A Process Theory of Organization, also published by Oxford University Press, in which a temporality based theoretical framework is developed for organizing 'a world on the move'.; Daniel Hjorth is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organisation at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He is Academic Director for the across CBS Entrepreneurship Business in Society Platform. His latest books include The Politics and Aesthetics of Entrepreneurship (2009), edited with Chris Steyaert, and the Handbook of Organisational Entrepreneurship (2012) . ; Robin Holt is Professor at the University of Liverpool Management School. He is also Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School. He has previously worked in departments of politics and philosophy, as well as business and management, at a number of UK universities such as Southampton, Bath, Manchester Met, and Leeds. He is editor of Organization Studies.

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