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posted on 16.05.2011, 10:48 by Elke Weik
In this article, I propose a middle way between current process and substance theorizing as I argue that both ‘pure’ views are fraught with theoretical problems. I base my proposal on the ontologies of Aristotle and A.N. Whitehead, who both maintain that being and becoming are equally important for a comprehensive analysis of change processes. Drawing on their insights, I develop a conceptual frame that distinguishes between change and becoming, and proposes to use the pairs of potentiality-actuality and activity-relationality as notions that are less fraught with conceptual baggage and more relevant empirically than the distinction between substance and process.

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Citation

Organization, 2011, 18(5), pp. 655-672.

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Organization

Publisher

Sage

issn

1350-5084

eissn

1461-7323

Copyright date

2011

Available date

16/05/2011

Publisher version

http://org.sagepub.com/

Language

en