Killing Boredom: On the Expansion and Contraction of Time during Strategic Change

Sarah Stanske, Matthias Wenzel, Jochen Koch, Madeleine Stefanie Rauch

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Abstrakt

While time has become an important topic in management research, the role of an Einsteinian conception of time as dynamic and agentically experienced has only recently gained momentum. We conducted a longitudinal case study in a German IT company going through a series of organizational transformations in order to explore the question: 'How does temporal structuring contribute to the production and re-creation of an organization's identity?' We depict that identity transformations were enabled by an interplay between expansions and contractions of time among top management. More specifically, we depict that boredom was a pivotal mechanism through which organizational transformation was initiated. Management experienced boredom, i.e., periods of time expansions, and engaged in strategic initiatives for the sake of 'killing' it, resulting in contractions of time. With our study we contribute to the literature of organizational identity, time and temporality, and to the burgeoning stream of boredom in organizations.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2019
Antal sider40
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2019
BegivenhedThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019: Understanding the Inclusive Organization - Boston, USA
Varighed: 9 aug. 201913 aug. 2019
Konferencens nummer: 79
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Konference

KonferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019
Nummer79
LandUSA
ByBoston
Periode09/08/201913/08/2019
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Emneord

  • Organizational identity
  • Organizational transformation
  • Temporality
  • Boredom

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