Department of Organization

  • Centre for Organizational 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

Curriculum Vitae
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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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Majken Schultz; Tor Hernes / Temporal Interplay between Strategy and Identity : Punctuated, Subsumed, and Sustained Modes.
In: Strategic Organization, 30.4.2019
Journal article > 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)
Book chapter > peer review
Tor Hernes; Frans Bévort / Organisering i en verden i bevægelse
Frederiksberg : Samfundslitteratur 2018, 317 p.
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 2017, p. 356-372
Book chapter > peer review
Tor Hernes / En procesteori om organisation
København : Djøf Forlag 2017, 342 p.
Book > peer review
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
Paper > peer review
Tor Hernes / Offentlige ledere kan skape forandring gjennom kontinuitet
In: Forskerbidrag til Ledelseskommissionen. ed. /Caroline Burchardt. København : Ledelseskommissionen 2017, p. 28-31
Report chapter
Tor Hernes; Majken Schultz / Organizational Time
Paper presented at The 33rd EGOS Colloquium 2017, 2017
Paper > peer review
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 2017, p. 601-607
Book chapter > peer review
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 > peer review
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University of South-Eastern Norway
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Université Paris-Dauphine
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Université Paris-Dauphine
Visiting Professor

University of South-Eastern Norway
Adjunct Professor