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Process Thinking in Four Modes

Thursday 22 November 2018, 18:00 - 19:30

This event is the 2018 Richard Normann Lecture

Speaker: Professor Ann Langley, Chair in Strategic Management in Pluralistic Settings, HEC Montréal

Process thinkers and scholars understand organizing and managing in terms of movement, activity and flow rather than in terms of success factors, best practices and static relationships between inputs and outcomes: in other words, they are interested in “how” questions, rather than “what” questions, and they take time and temporality to be central. However, there are a variety of ways of considering what a process perspective might mean, each involving different assumptions and each demanding different approaches to research and intervention. In this lecture, the speaker will examine four different modes of thinking about process (as development; as narrative; as activity; and as withness) and consider their implications for managing and researching organizations.


E P Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College
43 Woodstock Road