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On the way to theory: A processual approach

On the way to theory: A processual approach
On the way to theory: A processual approach
Debates on theory have focused on the nature of good theories and the process of theorizing, but have failed to engage with the ontology of becoming emphasized by process philosophers such as Heraclitus, Bergson and James, and more recently by Cooper, Shotter and Chia. This paper argues that engaging with reality as becoming implies departing from any claims of 'essence' in theories. Theories are not representations, better or worse, of a particular phenomenon, real or socially constructed. Instead, mobility, movement and creativity are the primordial qualities of theory. A becoming ontology also points to the non-sequential, imaginative and paradoxical 'way' of theory-building. This paper argues that a processual approach which is reposed on introspective reality and the method of intuition is better suited to revealing a becoming reality.
0170-8406
173-190
Nayak, Ajit
215d7e25-0bc4-44ff-a015-5daf887604df
Nayak, Ajit
215d7e25-0bc4-44ff-a015-5daf887604df

Nayak, Ajit (2008) On the way to theory: A processual approach. Organization Studies, 29 (2), 173-190. (doi:10.1177/0170840607082227).

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Debates on theory have focused on the nature of good theories and the process of theorizing, but have failed to engage with the ontology of becoming emphasized by process philosophers such as Heraclitus, Bergson and James, and more recently by Cooper, Shotter and Chia. This paper argues that engaging with reality as becoming implies departing from any claims of 'essence' in theories. Theories are not representations, better or worse, of a particular phenomenon, real or socially constructed. Instead, mobility, movement and creativity are the primordial qualities of theory. A becoming ontology also points to the non-sequential, imaginative and paradoxical 'way' of theory-building. This paper argues that a processual approach which is reposed on introspective reality and the method of intuition is better suited to revealing a becoming reality.

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Published date: February 2008

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Local EPrints ID: 428299
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/428299
ISSN: 0170-8406
PURE UUID: bd58e749-3a48-458d-9b42-c6a9db0409b0
ORCID for Ajit Nayak: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3253-7120

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Last modified: 09 Jan 2022 04:06

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