Centre for Organization and Time (COT)

'Quid est ergo tempus? Si nemo ex me quaerat, scio; si quaerenti explicare velim, nescio. - 'What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.' St. Augustine, 4th century AC.


Tor Hernes and Miriam Feuls have published the edited volume
@bout time seminar and OT@IOA seminar with Jörg Sydow
Sunny Mosongzi Xu presented at CBS' senior management meeting
OT seminar with Sven Kunisch

At the Centre for Organization and Time (COT) at Copenhagen Business School we work from different perspectives within the social sciences, philosophy and history to better understand how organizational actors enact their time and how their time enactment shapes them in turn. We believe that by developing more dynamic and expansive models of time we can better understand, not just the working of organizations, but also how organizations take part in shaping our societies. A temporal focus applies to several areas of research and teaching, including organization studies, entrepreneurship, innovation studies, business history, strategy, management and leadership.

The sort of questions the Centre staff are working on include, but are not limited to, questions such as:

- How do actors bring distant past horizons and long future horizons into decision-making processes ?

How do differences in time horizons, pacing, speed and acceleration between actors influence their interaction and mutual impact ?

How do different temporal standards and institutions favour or challenge particular types of actors and activities ?

How do novel types of organizational actors emerge and sustain themselves through changing temporal patterns within or across industries?


The page was last edited by: Department of Organization // 11/22/2023