Granting Time: How Social Actors Manage Temporal Multiplicity

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Scholars agree that actors engage with different timing norms and accommodate multiple temporal structures simultaneously. While previous research has examined how organizations manage tension from temporal multiplicity and how individuals deal with inconsistencies between individual and organizational temporal views, little research has explored how social actors manage temporal multiplicity in an institutional context. Based on a study of how professors in higher education institutions who hold large, long-term grants accommodate the multiple temporal structures of their organization, grant, and career, the findings reveal four strategies of managing temporal multiplicity: transcending, reshaping, entraining, and bridging. The findings suggest that professors’ use of these strategies depends on their position in their organization, grant, and career, and that they move laterally between the strategies. The findings demonstrate the dynamic interplay between social actors’ strategies of managing temporality and the potential value of a temporal-structural lens for understanding core challenges in contemporary higher education.
Antal sider49
StatusUdgivet - 2020
Begivenhed36th EGOS Colloquium 2020: Organizing for a Sustainable Future: Responsibility, Renewal & Resistance - Virtual Conference, Hamburg, Tyskland
Varighed: 2 jul. 20204 jul. 2020
Konferencens nummer: 36


Konference36th EGOS Colloquium 2020
LokationVirtual Conference

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  • Higher education
  • Social actors
  • Grants
  • Temporal structures
  • Temporal multiplicity
  • Strategies