Paradox and quantum mechanics: Implications for the management of organizational paradox from a quantum approach

Eric Knight, Tobias Hahn

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Organizational paradoxes must first be recognized by managers before they can respond to them. Yet scholars have adopted different perspectives on how paradoxical tensions become salient and engender management responses. Some approaches have focused on the socially constituted nature of paradoxes, and others on the inherent aspects of paradoxes in the environment. The authors propose an approach that gives ontological meaning to both the socially constituted and inherent nature of organizational paradoxes. Our approach, which is inspired by quantum physics, opens up new opportunities for engaging with the socio-materiality of paradoxes, how they are measured, and the implications this has on the probabilities of managing organizational responses to paradox.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterdisciplinary dialogues on organizational paradox
Subtitle of host publicationLearning from belief and science
EditorsRebecca Bednarek, Miguel Pina e Cunha, Jonathan Schad, Wendy K. Smith
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
PublisherEmerald Publishing
Chapter7
Pages129-150
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781801171830, 9781800434103
ISBN (Print)9781801171847
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Volume73A
ISSN (Print)0733-558X

Keywords

  • Quantum approach
  • socio-materiality
  • probability
  • organizational paradox
  • salience
  • latency

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Paradox and quantum mechanics: Implications for the management of organizational paradox from a quantum approach'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this