Department of Organization


Room: KIL/14.A-4.66
Curriculum Vitae
Primary research areas

Organizational continuity and change

Organization and time

Theories of organization

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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.


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

Publications & dissemination
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)
Book chapter
Tor Hernes; Majken Schultz / A Temporal Understanding of the Connections between Organizational Culture and Identity
In: The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies. ed. /Ann Langley; Haridimos Tsoukas. London : Sage Publications, Incorporated 2017, p. 356-372
Book chapter
Tor Hernes / En procesteori om organisation
København : Djøf Forlag 2017, 342 p.
Tor Hernes; Jonathan Schmidt; Majken Schultz / Exploring the Temporality of Food Organizations in Liquid Modernity : The Case of Beer and Milk .
Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017, 2017
Tor Hernes; Majken Schultz / Organizational Time
Paper presented at The 33rd EGOS Colloquium 2017, 2017
Tor Hernes / Process as the Becoming of Temporal Trajectory
In: The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies. ed. /Ann Langley; Haridimos Tsoukas. London : Sage Publications, Incorporated 2017, p. 601-607
Book chapter
Rebecca Pinheiro-Croisel; Tor Hernes / Build Artifacts in Sustainable Urban Projects : When Pragmatism Makes Innovation.
In: Proceedings of the 4th Organizations, Artifacts and Practices (OAP) Workshop: Rules, Regulations and Materiality in Management and Organization Studies. . ed. /Nathalie Mitev; François-Xavier de Vaujany; Paolo Spagnoletti; Yesh Nama. Paris : Université Paris Dauphine 2015, p. 79-83
Article in proceedings
Christina Berg Johansen; Tor Hernes / Futures Beyond Strategy : Organizational Agency in the Creation of Future Practices and Visions.
Poster session presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2015, 2015
Tor Hernes; Edda Hendrup; Birgitte Schäffner / Sensing the Momentum : A Process View of Change in a Multinational Corporation.
In: Journal of Change Management, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2015, p. 117-141
Journal article
Tor Hernes / A Process Theory of Organization
Oxford : Oxford University Press 2014, 241 p.
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