The rediscovery of the importance of the past in organizational research has emerged alongside a growing interest in matters of time, history, and memory. Diverging from a tradition of analysis focused on the effects of chronological time and path-dependence histories, organization scholars have turned their attention to the social construction of the past and the temporal interplay between past, present, and future. They have explored how the past is remembered, forgotten, and used strategically in the present to build advantages for the future. In doing so, researchers have emphasized the separation between different temporal orders (past, present, and future) and the mechanisms managers use to harness past and future for present purposes. They have been less interested in analysing how those orders intersect and overlap. That is, we still lack an understanding of the multi-temporal reality of organizations – how the past, present, and future are integral to the lived experience of organizing.
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