Department of Organization

  • Centre for Organization and Time (COT)

Room: KIL/14.A-4.66
Tor Hernes

My main research interests focus questions of organization and time. Whereas many works focus on time as regular temporal structuring, I am particularly interested in what may be called an event-based understanding of time. The main thrust of my work on time is directed towards an events-based view inspired by Alfred North Whitehead’s philosophy.

Another, and related, aspect of time that interests me, is how actors construct different combinations of near and distant horizons extending both into the future and the past, and how does that construction take place? Here lie, I think, some of the mysteries of organizational continuity and change that extend into important topics, such as climate change and other grand challenges.

At IOA I also direct the Centre for Organization and Time.



Primary research areas

•    Organizational continuity and change
•    Time and temporality of organizing processes
•    Sensemaking and narrative theory
•    Organization theory


Curriculum Vitae
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•    Master of Business Development (MBD)
•    Master of Public Governance (MPG)


•    Master theses
•    Phd

Selected publications

·  Hernes, Tor (2022) Organization and Time. Oxford: Oxford University Press

·  Hernes, Tor (2014) A Process Theory of Organization. Oxford: Oxford University Press

·  Hernes, Tor (2008) Understanding Organization as Process – Theory for a Tangled World. London: Routledge

Publications sorted by:
Therese Dille; Tor Hernes; Anne Live Vaagaasar / Stuck in Temporal Translation? : Challenges of Discrepant Temporal Structures in Interorganizational Project Collaboration.
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 44, No. 6, 6.2023, p. 867-888
Journal article > peer review
Anne Live Vaagaasar; Therese Dille; Tor Hernes / Temporality
In: Research Handbook on Complex Project Organizing. ed. /Graham Winch; Maude Brunet; Dongping Cao. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2023, p. 46–54
Book chapter > peer review
Jonathan Feddersen; Tor Hernes; Silviya Svejenova / Towards a Processual Understanding of Buildings : Temporality, Materiality, and Politics.
In: Organization as Time: Technology, Power and Politics. . ed. /François-Xavier de Vaujany; Robin Holt; Albane Grandazzi. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2023, p. 229-255
Book chapter > peer review
Tor Hernes; David Obstfeld / A Temporal Narrative View of Sensemaking
In: Organization Theory, Vol. 3, No. 4, 9.12.2022
Journal article > peer review
Tor Hernes / Organization and Time
Oxford : Oxford University Press 2022, 240 p.
Book > peer review
Tor Hernes; Miriam Feuls / Understanding Continuous Change Through Temporal Folds
Paper presented at Second Colloquium on Philosophy and Organization Studies (PHILOS), 2022
Paper > peer review
Tor Hernes / Events and the Becoming of Organizational Temporality
In: Time, Temporality, and History in Process Organization Studies. ed. /Juliane Reinecke; Roy Suddaby; Ann Langley; Haridimos Tsoukas. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2021, p. 29-43 (Perspectives on Process Organization Studies)
Book chapter > peer review
Tor Hernes; Kätlin Pulk / How Actors Effect Shifts in Strategic Trajectories : The Role of Temporal Nexus Events.
In: Proceedings of the Eighty-first Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Sonia Taneja. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2021, 1 p. (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Miriam Feuls; Tor Hernes; Majken Schultz / Intertemporal Shifting : How Actors Integrate Near-future and Distant-Future Solutions into Climate Goals.
Paper presented at 37th EGOS Colloquium 2021, 2021
Paper > peer review
Tor Hernes; Jonathan Feddersen; Majken Schultz / Material Temporality : How Materiality ‘Does’ Time in Food Organizing.
In: Organization Studies, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2.2021, p. 351-371
Journal article > peer review
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University of South-Eastern Norway
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University of South-Eastern Norway
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University of South-Eastern Norway Business School
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University of South-Eastern Norway
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Université Paris-Dauphine
Visiting Professor

Université Paris-Dauphine
Visiting Professor

University of South-Eastern Norway
Adjunct Professor