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Mangling the process: a meta-theoretical account of process theorizing
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School. The Ratio Institute, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Qualitative Research, ISSN 1468-7941, E-ISSN 1741-3109, Vol. 15, no 1, 85-104 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Process approaches are increasingly applied in qualitative studies in many fields within social sciences.Yet, few studies have seriously elaborated on the ontological premises of process theorizing.This study addresses this void by suggesting a process philosophical framework. The frameworkis ontologically grounded with the concepts of causality, spatiality, and temporality in processtheorizing. We use these tenets for developing three process theorizing techniques – articulating,relating, and conjugating. Articulating denotes to effectively expressing the potential identifying andgenerative properties of the process. Relating is the technique by which one maintains continuousconnections within and between reified properties of a process. Conjugating is the technique bywhich a process’ identifying and generative properties are pulled together from various temporaland spatial sites in order to form a novel nexus. Each of these techniques builds on processphilosophy and process theory and is illustrated through examples from prior process studies.

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2015. Vol. 15, no 1, 85-104 p.
Keyword [en]
articulating, conjugating, process philosophy, process theorizing, relating
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Business Administration
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99706DOI: 10.1177/1468794113517390ISI: 000349317900007OAI: diva2:688189
Available from: 2014-01-16 Created: 2014-01-16 Last updated: 2015-03-24Bibliographically approved

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