Granting Time: Mechanisms for Managing Ongoing Temporal Tension

Jane Bjørn Vedel

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I study the management of different coexisting temporal orientations through an extensive qualitative study of the implications of introducing grants into universities. I suggest that temporal tensions between grant time, individual time, and organizational time were ongoing and that grant holders managed these tensions through four coping mechanisms: suspending time, preparing the landing in the organization, reaching beyond one’s own lifetime, and taking shelter in other organizations. This finding contributes to existing debates in studies of time and organization by proposing that a) the enactment of temporal structures is tied to how individuals are embedded in social and organizational structures, b) temporal tensions between different coexisting temporal orientations cannot always be solved, hence we need more nuanced models for understanding them, and c) temporal tensions affect organizations’ ability to project a future regardless of their engagement in the past.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Number of pages37
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event35th EGOS Colloquium 2019: Enlightening the Future: The Challenge for Organizations - University of Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jul 20196 Jul 2019
Conference number: 35


Conference35th EGOS Colloquium 2019
LocationUniversity of Edinburgh Business School
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Temporality
  • Enactment
  • Temporal tension
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Ambitemporality

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