Introduction: How does novelty emerge?

Raghu Garud, Barbara Simpson, Ann Langley, Haridimos Tsoukas

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    256 Downloads (Pure)


    In this introductory chapter, we clarify how contemporary organizational scholars view emergence and novelty. As the use of these terms has grown, their meanings have become increasingly diffuse. In response, we explicate three lenses that tease out core distinctions between different philosophical and theoretical approaches to studying emergence. Each of the three lenses, which we call respectively spatial emergence, relational emergence, and temporal emergence, is based on a unique pairing of underlying assumptions about the exogenized or endogenized nature of both space and time. Each also has particular implications for practitioners seeking practical insights into emergence, and for researchers conducting studies on emergence. In addition, we introduce the chapters in this volume, which offer a variety of philosophical, theoretical, and empirical perspectives on the theme of novelty emergence. In introducing the chapters in Part I, which engage directly with this theme, we emphasise the interplay between the three lenses. The remaining chapters in Part II address developments more generally in the domain of process organization studies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Emergence of Novelty in Organizations
    EditorsRaghu Garud, Barbara Simpson, Ann Langley, Haridimos Tsoukas
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Print)9780198728313
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2015

    Publication series

    NamePerspectives on Process Organization Studies
    PublisherOxford University Press


    • organizational theory
    • organizational behaviour
    • innovation
    • work and labour


    Dive into the research topics of 'Introduction: How does novelty emerge?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this