Time and organizational improvisation

Mary Crossan, Miguel Pina e Cunha, Vera Dusya, João Vieira da Cunha

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Abstract

We argue that effective management action is impeded by a simplistic understanding of time-one dominated by a clock-time perspective. Using the concept of improvisation. we reconcile two major time dichotomies associated with organizational phenomena: clock time versus event time and linear time versus cyclical time. We propose that improvisation offers a means for management theorists and practictioners to overcome these apparent time dichotomies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-145
JournalThe Academy of Management Review
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

Keywords

  • PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
  • JAZZ
  • MANAGEMENT
  • INNOVATION
  • ENVIRONMENTS
  • ROUTINES
  • STRATEGY
  • SUCCESS
  • MEMORY

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