Dualities, Dialectics, and Paradoxes in Organizational Life
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of publicationOxford
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Contradictions permeate and propel organizational life - including tensions between reaching globally while focusing locallycompeting while also cooperatingperforming reliably while experimenting, taking risks, and learningor granting autonomy while constraining freedom. These tensions give organizational members pause, but also spur them to take actionthey may be necessary for preserving the social order, but are also required to transform it.Drawing on the Eighth International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, Dualities, Dialectics, and Paradoxes in Organizational Life examines how contradictions fuel emergent, dynamic systems and stimulate novelty, adaption, and transformations. It uses conceptual and empirical studies to offer insight into how process theorizing advances understanding of organizational contradictionsto shed light on how dialectics, paradoxes, and dualities fuel persistence and transformationand to explore the convergence and divergence of dialectics, paradox, and dualities. Taken together, it offers key insights to inform persistent, contradictory dynamics in organizations and organizational studies.