Process Research Literature
Papers & Books on Process Methods
The list below provides a first and quick introduction into what process research is about. These papers can be considered to be a first port of call for those who want to start thinking about doing process research.
In addition, three links connect to longer lists with further information on Process Methods publications.
See the special issue, “Process Studies of Change in Organization and Management: Unveiling Temporality, Activity, and Flow” in AOM Journal, February 2013, Vol. 56, No. 1
Perspectives on Process Organization Studies is a new series dedicated to the development of an understanding of organizations and organizing at large as processes in the making. This series brings together contributions from leading scholars, which focus on seeing dynamically evolving activities, interactions and events as important aspects of organized action rather than static structures and fixed templates.
Methodological books and papers: provides in depth guidance of how to do process research. There exists a variety of process approaches and methods. These have been applied in various fields of study and this is reflected in what can be found in this section. Apart from studies in management topics like strategy, innovation, (institutional) entrepreneurship and organizational change, there is also a tradition of doing process studies in political theory and historical sociology.
Examples of process studies: work that has been introduced in this list is either an example of or a companion to a methodological piece from the methodological books and paper list above or it is an example of a process study that contains an elaborate methods section.
Deeper Read: looks at the question of what process and process research is in some more depth. It contains more philosophical and theoretical work on the nature of process and the nature of process theory.
It would be nice to be able to say that the work that is listed here equals everything that has been published on process research and process methods. It is something that is being strived for with regard to the methodological books and papers list: to provide a complete list of published work on process methods and process methodology. However, reality probably will dictate that there always will be oversights. Any suggestions about published work that should be included in this list are greatly appreciated. Suggestions about suitable work to be listed in the other lists are welcome too. Please email Harry.
Langley, A. (1999) Strategies for theorizing from process data. Academy of Management Review, 24(4), 691-710.
Mahoney, J. (2004), Comparative-historical methodology. Annual Review of Sociology, 30, 81-101.
Pettigrew, A.M. (1990), Longitudinal field research on change: theory and practice. Organizations Science, 1(3), 267-292.
Van de Ven, A.H. & M.S. Poole (1990), Methods for studying innovation development in the Minnesota Innovation Research Program. Organization Science, 1(3), 313-335.
Van de Ven, A.H. & M.S. Poole (1995), Explaining development and change in organizations. Academy of Management Review, 20(3), 510-540.