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Approaches to Studying Organizational Phenomena Processually
Speaker: Professor Ann Langley (HEC Montreal)

Time: Friday, 5th of November at 10am (Eastern) / 2pm (London). This webinar is scheduled for 90 minutes (including Q&A).

Process researchers investigate phenomena and theorize about them in terms of movement, activity and flow rather than in terms of relationships among variables: in other words, process research is critically focused on change. However, there are a variety of ways of thinking about what a process perspective means, each involving different assumptions and each requiring different research methodologies. In this seminar, we will discuss four different understandings of process (process as evolution; process as narrative; process as activity; and process as withness) and consider their implications for research and practice.

Suggested readings:
• Fachin, F.F. & Langley, A. (2018) Researching organizational concepts processually: The case of identity, In C. Cassell, A. Cunliffe & G. Grandy (Eds.) SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods, 308-327, London, UK: Sage Publications
• Langley, A. (2021) What is “this” a case of? Generative theorizing for disruptive times, Journal of Management Inquiry, 30(3): 251-258
• Langley, A. (1999) Strategies for theorizing from process data. Academy of Management Review, 24(4): 691-710

About the speaker

Ann Langley is Emerita Professor of Management at HEC Montréal. Her research deals with strategic management processes and practices in complex organizations, with an emphasis on qualitative approaches. She is Co-Editor of the journal Strategic Organization, and has co-convened the annual International Symposium on Process Organization Studies with Haridimos Tsoukas since 2009. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and an Honorary Member of the European Group for Organizational Studies.

For queries, please contact Ibrat Djabbarov i.djabbarov@cranfield.ac.uk.

Nov 5, 2021 02:00 PM in London

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