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Organisational Memory as a Function

The Construction of Past, Present and Future in Organisations

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Felix Langenmayr
    Pages 15-24
  3. Felix Langenmayr
    Pages 25-66
  4. Felix Langenmayr
    Pages 89-118
  5. Felix Langenmayr
    Pages 167-179
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 181-194

About this book

Introduction

This book is about the past as well as the future in organisations in general and about an organisation’s temporal contextualisation in particular. The author analyses, how organisations are able to construct a present with respect to their past and future. The study is based on an empirical case study, in which an R&D department has been followed for a six month-period in order to analyse how an organisation orients itself with respect to its past, present and future from the perspective of communication-centred social systems theory.

Contents
  • Social memory studies
  • The concept of the organisational memory function
  • The contingency of possible pasts and futures at Entertain Corp.
  • Contributions to organisational memory studies
  • Contributions to Social Systems Theory

Target Groups
  • Scholars and students of sociology, organisation sociology, organisation studies, social memory studies, management research, innovation management
  • Consultants

The Author
Felix Langenmayr works as a consultant in the field of IT management and digitalisation of organisations. Next to this he is a researcher at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His current research focuses mainly on temporality in organisations and the communicative constitution of organisations.

Keywords

Luhmann System Theory Social systems theory Social memory contextualization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business AdministratiUniversität ZürichZürichSwitzerland

About the authors

Felix Langenmayr works as a consultant in the field of IT management and digitalisation of organisations. Next to this he is a researcher at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His current research focuses mainly on temporality in organisations and the communicative constitution of organisations.

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