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Introducing the multi-spatial study: Taking process ontology seriously in organization studies
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation. (IEO)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6980-3448
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation. (IEO)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2294-7898
Stockholm School of Economics.
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of the 22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference (NFF) 21-23 August, 2013, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This research note argues for a new method in organization studies: the multi-spatial study. Intended as a way to take the call for new methods in a fluid world seriously (Law, 2004), the multi-spatial study is a way of taking process ontology seriously by studying multiple trajectories (Massey, 2005). Methodologically, the multi-spatial study may be described as the involvement of a large number of researchers who study an organizational phenomenon from various perspectives at different places, but at the same point in time. By focusing the research efforts into a single point in time, directing attention to everything that happens in relation to the organization/al phenomenon/, a deeper understanding may be developed of how various trajectories that take form at the same time but at different physical places are related. This paper describes the rationale for the multi-spatial study as an alternative to the traditional, representational and linear ways of studying organization.

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Business Administration
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Industrial Economics and Organisations
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-24249OAI: diva2:689764
Nordic Academy of Management,NFF, Aug 21-23, 2013, Iceland.
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