Class XII: Time, Temporality and Organizing in Times of Crisis

Provided by Blagoy Blagoev, Technical University Dresden

Guiding questions: In what ways does organizing in times of crisis depend on temporal work and what does a temporal lens reveal about wars as “timing contests”?



Core readings

Hom, A. R. (2018). Timing is everything: Toward a better understanding of time and international politics. International Studies Quarterly, 62(1), 69–79. PDF

Schmitt, O. (2020). Wartime paradigms and the future of Western military power. International Affairs, 96(2), 401–418. PDF

Contemporary news articles

Rose, G. (2022). The irony of Ukraine. Foreign Affairs, March 29.

Vock, I. (2022). Putin escalates the war on Ukraine as blitzkrieg calculations fail. New Statesman, February 28.

Klein, A. (2022). Multiple battlefields in time and space. Brookings, April 29th.

Post-lecture assignment

How could you explain the failure of Putin’s ”blitzkrieg” in Ukraine from the perspective of war as a “timing contest”? In your response, think especially about what you have learned about temporal uncoupling, continuity patterning, and time horizons and how these could help you understand how Ukraine managed to “slow down” the pace of the war. Support your argument with specific examples.

Background readings

Feldman, M. S., Worline, M., Baker, N., & Lowerson Bredow, V. (2022). Continuity as patterning: A process perspective on continuity. Strategic Organization, 20(1), 80–109. PDF

Kunisch, S., Blagoev, B., & Bartunek, J. M. (2021). Complex times, complex time: The pandemic, time-based theorizing and temporal research in management and organization studies. Journal of Management Studies, 58(5), 1411–1415. PDF

Geiger, D., Danner-Schröder, A., & Kremser, W. (2021). Getting ahead of time—Performing temporal boundaries to coordinate routines under temporal uncertainty. Administrative Science Quarterly, 66(1), 220–264. PDF

Bansal, P. (Tima), Reinecke, J., Suddaby, R., & Langley, A. (2022). Temporal work: The Strategic Organization of Time. Strategic Organization, 20(1), 6–19. PDF