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Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Organizational Paradox: Learning from Belief and Science Vol: 73, Part A

Rebecca Bednarek
Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand

Miguel Pina e Cunha
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Jonathan Schad
King's College London, UK

Wendy K. Smith
University of Delaware, USA

Product Details
08 Jul 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
272 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in the Sociology of Organizations
Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Organizational Paradox is an innovative two-part volume that enriches our understanding about paradox; both deepening the theory and offering greater insight to address the grand challenges we face in the world today. Authors demonstrate how paradox theory benefits from interdisciplinary theorizing by reaching out to disciplines beyond organizational theory and exploring best practice in undertaking such research.

The 13 chapters in this double volume draw from four disciplinary realms: beliefs, physicality, expression, and social structure. Unique commentaries from thought leaders expand and assess the focal pieces of each volume.

Part A: Learning from Belief and Science, explores the realms of beliefs - from Ubuntu, Ying-Yang, Christian and Islamic philosophies - and physicality - from quantum mechanics, technology, to ecology - with reflective commentaries from Jean M. Bartunek and Mary Frohlich, and Andrew Van de Ven.
Introduction A.  
The Value of Interdisciplinary Research to Advance Paradox in Organization Theory; Rebecca Bednarek, Miguel Pina e Cunha, Jonathan Schad, Wendy K. Smith 
A1. Realm of Beliefs 
Chapter 1. Paradox beyond East/West orthodoxy: The case of Ubuntu; Medhanie Gaim and Stewart Clegg 
Chapter 2. The meta-perspective of Yin-Yang balancing: Salient implications for organizational management; Peter Ping Li. 
Chapter 3. Where we might least expect to find it: Organizing paradoxes of Christian theology in a society of organizations; Mathew L. Sheep  
Chapter 4. Crossing boundaries: Connecting religion and paradox for leadership and organization research; Ali Aslan Gümüsay 
Commentary 1. Paradoxical dimensions of religious experience: a commentary; Jean M. Bartunek and Mary Frohlich 
A2. Realm of Physical Systems 
Chapter 5. Paradox and Quantum Mechanics – Implications for the Management of Organizational Paradox from a Quantum Approach; Eric Knight and Tobias Hahn 
Chapter 6. Planetary Emergency and Paradox; Amanda Williams, Katrin Heucher and Gail Whiteman 
Chapter 7. Digitally Induced Industry Paradoxes: Disruptive innovations of taxiwork and music streaming beyond organizational boundaries; David Tilson, Carsten Sørensen and Kalle Lyytine
Commentary 2. Commentary: Strategies for Studying How Contradictions Unfold; Andrew Van de Ven  

Rebecca Bednarek is an Associate Professor at Victoria University Wellington. She studies paradoxes and strategizing practices within science systems and financial markets and has written extensively about qualitative methods.

Miguel Pina e Cunha is the Fundação Amélia de Mello Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. His work deals with three Ps of organizing: process, paradox, positivity.

Jonathan Schad is Lecturer in Strategy and Organisation Theory at King’s Business School, King’s College London, UK. His research uses paradox theory to better understand the fundamental tensions contemporary organizations confront.

Wendy K. Smith is Professor of Management at University of Delaware, USA. She studies paradoxes, exploring how leaders navigate strategic paradoxes such as tensions between exploration and exploitation or social missions and financial demands.

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