On the Edge: Emerging Trends in the Field of Organizational Theory

Location: Jepson Wolff Auditorium
Date: Sat, April 27
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Emerging trends in the field of Organizational Theory continue to blend frameworks cross conceptual borders, as new methods shape the landscape for future development and varied, critical, nuanced, and wholistic understandings. Boundaries continue to shape and shift as researchers and organizations incorporate multicultural, processual, information-based, poly-paradigmatic, and longitudinally-aligned concepts into their contexts. This interactive discussion panel incorporates mixed presentation methods to engage the audience and panel members in a dialogue on the future of research. A broad introduction to key concepts provides initial groundwork that opens up to personal, professional, and group introspection with the audience.


Emerging trends in the field of Organizational Theory continue to blend frameworks cross conceptual borders, as new methods shape the landscape for future development and varied, critical, nuanced, and wholistic understandings. These boundaries continue to shape and shift as researchers and organizations incorporate processual, information-based, constructed, poly-paradigmatic, longitudinally-aligned, and/or globalized concepts into their contexts. This interactive discussion panel will incorporates mixed presentation methods to engage the audience and panel members in a dialogue on the future of research. 

 

While noted experts posit that the future-state of research will span from the individual to global domains, key themes converge on the transition from structures to processes, including the increasing absence or permeability of boundaries (Scott & Davis, 2016). Likewise, organizational learning continues to take center stage as knowledge work becomes a central occupational role, highlighting the increase in distributed phenomena (Hatch, 2013). Learning from contemporary sociocultural focal points such as sustainability, corporate social responsibility, diversity, and branding takes the focus on organizational identity construction to a prominent role (Hatch, 2013). Identity construction and sense-making cover a spectrum from an individual to organizational level; and will open up to research that transitions from the monocultural realm to multicultural and international (Scott & Davis, 2016; Martin, 2002). Between these transitions, boundaries will continue to be deconstructed as researchers investigate ways to grasp with centralization and localization, at the same time that cultural artifacts cease to coincide with national boundaries and organizations take on virtual forms through new media focused on knowledge management (Hatch, 2013; Scott & Davis, 2016; Martin, 2002).

 

This broad introduction to the possibilities of future research agendas provides initial groundwork for panel members to uncover key research questions and synthesize their contemporary understanding. Following this, the dialogue opens up to personal, professional, and group introspection with the audience.

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