Configuring a Shared Temporal Trajectory: The Temporal Embeddedness of Collaborative Innovation

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Studies of collaborative innovation processes tend to hold a unidirectional view of time in showing how actors pursue a shared future. Pursuing a temporal view of organisations as a trajectory of events, I report the findings of a longitudinal ethnographic field study, showing how actors connected back and forth between their respective pasts and futures in order to pursue a shared future. The findings reveal how actors initially pursued one future projection, switched to pursuing another projection, and eventually abandoned the emerging shared trajectory. I develop a model from the analysis that explains the interplay of five different modes of connecting past, present, and future, describing the becoming of a shared trajectory as a process of ‘temporal abduction’. The findings contribute to an understanding of the temporality of collaborative innovation processes, and interorganisational relations more generally.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsSonja Taneja
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022: Creating a Better World Together - Seattle, United States
Duration: 5 Aug 20229 Aug 2022
Conference number: 82


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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