Towards a Theory of Historical Reflexivity

Gabrielle Durepos, Russ Vince

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Researchers in the field of historical organization studies (HOS) have hinted at the role of reflexivity in history research. However, the benefits of merging ideas of reflexivity with history remain unexplored and theoretically under-developed. In this chapter, we introduce an initial theory of historical reflexivity that combines knowledge from HOS, emotion in organizations, and an intersubjective perspective on being reflexive. We explain and elaborate on the meaning and purpose of historical reflexivity as theory within HOS, and we illustrate the concept with an example of ‘faculty career achievement’ in the corporatized university. In the concluding section of the chapter, we consider the utility of our model for HOS and discuss implications for both research and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistorical Organization Studies:
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Methods and Applications
EditorsStewart Clegg, Mairi Maclean, Roy Suddaby, Charles Harvey
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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