Department of Organization

  • Centre for Organization and Time (COT)

Room: KIL/14.A-4.66

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 ”secrets” of organizational continuity and change. At IOA I also direct the Centre for Organizational Time.

Primary research areas

Organizational continuity and change

Organization and time

Theories of organization

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MPG (Master of Public Governance)

SOL (Strategy, Organization and Leadership)

MBD (Master of Business Development)


PhD: Jonathan Schmidt and Sophie Cappelen

Selected publications

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

Hernes, Tor (2017) Process as the becoming of temporal trajectory. In Tsoukas, H. & Langley, A. (Eds) Sage Handbook of Process Organizational Studies. London: Sage Publications

Schultz, Majken and Tor Hernes (2013) A temporal perspective on organizational identity. Organization Science. 24(1):1-21

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Barbara Czarniawska (Editor) ; Tor Hernes (Editor) / Actor-Network Theory and Organizing
Lund : Studentlitteratur 2020, 392 p.
Anthology > peer review
Barbara Czarniawska; Tor Hernes / Constructing Macro-Actors According to ANT
In: Actor-network Theory and Organizing. ed. /Barbara Czarniawska; Tor Hernes. Lund : Studentlitteratur 2020, p. 15-24
Book chapter > peer review
Tor Hernes; Kätlin Pulk / How Organizational Change Emerges from Everyday Work : The Role of Temporal Nexus.
In: Proceedings of the Eightieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Guclu Atinc. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2020, 1 p. (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Tor Hernes; Jonathan Feddersen; Majken Schultz / Material Temporality : How Materiality ‘Does’ Time in Food Organizing.
In: Organization Studies, 13.3.2020
Journal article > peer review
Majken Schultz; Tor Hernes / Temporal Interplay between Strategy and Identity : Punctuated, Subsumed, and Sustained Modes.
In: Strategic Organization, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2.2020, p. 106-135
Journal article > peer review
Anne Live Vaagaasar; Tor Hernes; Therese Dille / The Challenges of Implementing Temporal Shifts in Temporary Organizations : Implications of a Situated Temporal View.
In: Project Management Journal, Vol. 51, No. 4, 8.2020, p. 420-428
Journal article > peer review
Tor Hernes / The Organization as Nexus of Institutional ­Macro-Actors : A Story of a Lopsided Recruitment Case.
In: Actor-network Theory and Organizing. ed. /Barbara Czarniawska; Tor Hernes. Lund : Studentlitteratur 2020, p. 117-136
Book chapter > peer review
Tor Hernes; Majken Schultz / Translating the Distant into the Present : How Address Distant Past and Future Events through Situated Activity.
In: Organization Theory, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2020
Journal article > peer review
Anthony Hussenot; Isabelle Bouty; Tor Hernes / Suivre et retranscrire l’organisation à partir des approches processuelles
In: Méthodes de Recherche Qualitatives Innovantes. ed. /Lionel Garreau; Pierre Romelaer. Paris : Economica 2019, p. 127-143 (Gestion)
Book chapter > peer review
Tor Hernes / In Search of a Soul of Relevance for European Management Research
In: Management Research: European Perspectives. . ed. /Sabina Siebert. New York : Routledge 2018, p. 27-40 (Routledge Studies in International Business and the World Economy, Vol. 73)
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University of South-Eastern Norway

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University of South-Eastern Norway
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Université Paris-Dauphine
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Université Paris-Dauphine
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University of South-Eastern Norway
Adjunct Professor