Centre for Organizational Time

'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.'

 

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Grappling with the mysteries of time, St. Augustine wrote these words in the 4th century AC. We don’t claim to have worked out the solution to St. Augustine’s problem. Although researchers in the social sciences, philosophy and economics still grapple with the mysteries of time, there is still a lot to do on questions of time. We think in particular that we can make substantial progress by working across disciplinary borders.


At the Centre for Organizational Time 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 have 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 // 10/05/2017