Understanding Continuous Change Through Temporal Folds

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The contribution of this paper is to offer an extended theory of continuous change to take account of the effortful and creative activity of connecting different events from across time. To advance our understanding of continuous change we follow a line of argument from Whitehead to Deleuze. First, we draw on Whitehead’s epochal theory of time to extend the notion of organizational continuity from indivisible continuity to include epochal continuity. Second, we turn to Deleuze’s concept of (temporal) folds to offer a solution to the problem of ontological oscillation engendered by views that try to combine exogenous episodic change with endogenous continuous change. The geometry of the fold helps us develop a theory that takes account of changes along the actors’ trajectory through time, and which may be combined with an indivisible continuity view of change. We conclude by developing features of a theory of continuous change and discussing its implications to explain temporal change in organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2022
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventSecond Colloquium on Philosophy and Organization Studies (PHILOS): Pragmatism and Organization Studies - Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Rhodes, Greece
Duration: 23 Jun 202225 Jun 2022
Conference number: 2


ConferenceSecond Colloquium on Philosophy and Organization Studies (PHILOS)
LocationSheraton Rhodes Resort


  • Continuous change
  • Deleuze
  • Philosophy of time
  • Temporal folds
  • Whitehead

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