How Organizations Manage the Future

Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Insights

Editors: Krämer, Hannes, Wenzel, Matthias (Eds.)

  • Brings together a range of perspectives in sociology and management
  • Provides empirical case studies to demonstrate the different approaches to managing for the future
  • Draws on meta-theoretical perspectives such as practice theory and systems theory
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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.

About the authors

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.

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)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: Managing the Future—Foundations and Perspectives

    Wenzel, Matthias (et al.)

    Pages 1-21

  • From Defuturization to Futurization and Back Again? A System-Theoretical Perspective to Analyse Decision-Making

    Groddeck, Victoria

    Pages 25-43

  • What’s New? Temporality in Practice Theory and Pragmatism

    Buch, Anders (et al.)

    Pages 45-65

  • Creativity in/of Organizations for Managing Things to Come: Lessons to Be Learnt from Philosophy

    Ortmann, Günther (et al.)

    Pages 67-88

  • Organizational Futurity: Being and Knowing in the Engagement with What Is Yet to Come

    Naidoo, Seelan

    Pages 89-110

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Hardcover £123.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-74505-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
How Organizations Manage the Future
Book Subtitle
Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Insights
Editors
  • Hannes Krämer
  • Matthias Wenzel
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74506-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74506-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-74505-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 328
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations
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