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In Deep Waters. Process Theory Between Scylla and Charybdis

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.Peer-reviewedPost-prin

Topics: activity, Aristotle, becoming, becoming, organizational change, potentiality, process theory, relationality, substance, Whitehead
Publisher: Sage
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1177/1350508410395983
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