Bourdieu and the Strategic Organization of Time in Organizations

Henrik Koll

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This research commentary introduces a Bourdieusian perspective to studying the strategic organization of time in organizations. Since the millennium, time, temporality, and history have moved from backstage to frontstage in organization and management research. Particularly, studies ascribing to a strategic organization of time perspective have made important strides in moving the research field beyond objective notions of time as clock-time towards more subjective notions of time. Practice-based perceptions of time have contributed significantly to these promising developments. However, more work remains to be done and Bourdieu’s conceptual framework has, so far, remained underutilized. This article, therefore, discusses the potential of Bourdieu’s work to advance strategic organization of time research within four significant areas, integration of subjective and objective time, temporal experience, embodied history, and reflexivity. The article places emphasis on Bourdieu’s constructs of habitus, field, hysteresis, practice as temporalization, temporal logic of practice, and participant objectivation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPraktiske Grunde: Nordisk tidsskrift for kultur- og samfundsvidenskab
Issue number3-4
Pages (from-to)5-30
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Bourdieu
  • Field
  • Habitus
  • Hysteresis
  • Participant objectivation
  • Practice as temporalization
  • Strategic organization of time
  • Temporal logic of practice

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