Towards an Object-Oriented Organization Theory: The Role of Entrepreneurial Objects in Organizational Emergence

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2023
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Organization Theory, Volume 4
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Avant-garde entrepreneurship studies have contributed to organization theory through a strong process ontology on the creation of new potentialities for organizing; however, this has also further diminished scholarly attention to organizations as objects. It follows that the core entities of organization theory?real organizations?matter very little for theorizing organizational emergence. Based on Graham Harman?s object-oriented ontology (OOO), we develop the argument that objects, not unlike processes, can be entrepreneurial. Laying the ground for an object-oriented organization theory (OOOT), we posit that increased attention to viewing entrepreneurship as a quality invites organization theory into the weird reality of organizations as emergent autonomy-seeking objects. This becomes possible by way of a non-literal knowledge sustained by the commitment of another object that is neither reduceable to its components (including process itself) nor actions (including all forms of the relational determination oforganizations). We close by discussing the uniqueness of OOOT through the example of Sun Ra and the Arkestra.
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doi: 10.1177/26317877231153186
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Entrepreneurship, new organizations, realism, emergence, novelty, object-oriented ontology, philosophy, process theories
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Laine , L & Kibler , E 2023 , ' Towards an Object-Oriented Organization Theory: The Role of Entrepreneurial Objects in Organizational Emergence ' , Organization Theory , vol. 4 , pp. 1-25 . https://doi.org/10.1177/26317877231153186