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How Organizations Manage the Future

Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Insights

  • Hannes Krämer
  • Matthias Wenzel
Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Matthias Wenzel, Hannes Krämer
    Pages 1-21
  3. Philosophical Perspectives

  4. Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Tommi P. Auvinen, Pasi Sajasalo, Teppo Sintonen, Tuomo Takala, Marko Järvenpää
      Pages 133-151
    3. Ricarda Scheele, Norman M. Kearney, Jude H. Kurniawan, Vanessa J. Schweizer
      Pages 153-172
  5. Empirical Insights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Markus Kowalski, Anja Danner-Schröder, Gordon Müller-Seitz
      Pages 231-251
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 321-328

About this book

Introduction

“A must-read for scholars (and reflective practitioners) interested in change, time, strategy, and innovation.”

Haridimos Tsoukas, Columbia Ship Management Professor of Strategic Management, University of Cyprus, and Distinguished Research Environment Professor of Organization Studies, Warwick Business School

“A peek into forthcoming research on how organizations deal with futures, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this topic, which is both theoretically interesting and practically important.”

Raghu Garud, Alvin H. Clemens Professor of Management and Organization, Pennsylvania State University, USA


This pioneering edited collection explores the question of how organizations manage the future. Moving away from traditional research which focuses on the past, the editors problematize the future as an inherent but under-examined part of organizing. Arguing that the future acts as both a driver of and a performative result of organizing, the book asks how organizations conceptualize and deal with the future and what processes are in place to handle things to come. With empirical research examining the practices, discourses and concepts that play key roles, organizations and their approaches are scrutinized. A timely compendium of theoretical discussion and practical implications on the relevance of the future, this book is essential reading for those interested in organization, sociology and management studies.


Keywords

management sociology practice theory future planning organization

Editors and affiliations

  • Hannes Krämer
    • 1
  • Matthias Wenzel
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  2. 2.European University ViadrinaFrankfurt (Oder)Germany

About the editors

Hannes Krämer is Head of the research group Border and Boundary Studies and Scientific Coordinator of the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. His research interests comprise the fields of future research, practice theory, organizational sociology, cultural theory, and boundary research.

Matthias Wenzel is a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair of Management and Organization at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. His research interests include strategy as practice, demand-side research in management and video methods.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Pharma
Automotive
Chemical Manufacturing
Biotechnology
Finance, Business & Banking
Consumer Packaged Goods
Engineering

Reviews

“The future is a strange and mysterious place. In this exciting book, Professors Krämer and Wenzel have assembled a provocative set of contributions, which offer readers a peek into forthcoming research on how organizations deal with futures. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this topic, which is both theoretically interesting and practically important.” (Raghu Garud, Alvin H. Clemens Professor of Management and Organization, Pennsylvania State University, USA)

“What a wonderful book this is! It is not only the importance of the topic that makes it compelling, nor the traditionally important themes of time, history, scenarios and resilience, but the freshness of the approaches adopted: the creative use of philosophy, the subtle sociological understanding of time and temporality, and the process view of organizations. It is a must read for scholars (and reflective practitioners) interested in change, time, strategy, and innovation.” (Haridimos Tsoukas, The Columbia Ship Management Professor of Strategic Management, University of Cyprus, and Distinguished Research Environment Professor of Organization Studies, Warwick Business School)

“A must-read for scholars (and reflective practitioners) interested in change, time, strategy, and innovation.” (Haridimos Tsoukas, Columbia Ship Management Professor of Strategic Management, University of Cyprus, and Distinguished Research Environment Professor of Organization Studies, Warwick Business School)

 “A peek into forthcoming research on how organizations deal with futures, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this topic, which is both theoretically interesting and practically important.” (Raghu Garud, Alvin H. Clemens Professor of Management and Organization, Pennsylvania State University, USA)