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Inquiring into arresting moments over time: towards an understanding of stability within change
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
(English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to contribute to current knowledge about special moments – what is referred to as “arresting moments” – when something unexpected spontaneously occurs, by exploring how such moments are part of a dialogic flow taking place over time. Based on a collaborative study that has been going on for 15 years and Bakhtin’s work on dialogic forces, the paper contributes with a conceptualization of “stability within change,” which shows how arresting moments not only create newness but also a sense of stability; a strong feeling of knowing how to meet the future and thereby how to move on here and now. Thus, it is not a question of stability or change, but rather an intertwined manifold of opposing forces of stability within change. Implications for practice and research are elaborated upon.

Keyword [en]
Arresting moments, dialogue, Bakhtin, collaborative research, forces, stability
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Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies; Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295607OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-295607DiVA: diva2:934175
Available from: 2016-06-08 Created: 2016-06-08 Last updated: 2016-06-08

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