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Dialogue Within Inter-Organisational Routines: Time & Process In Network Research

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This paper examines the problems of time and process facing network researchers. The authors argue that the problem of time in network research can be conceptualised as a problem relating to multi-levelled analyses. It is through a multi-levelled analysis that the authors find different temporal structures and thus different ways of temporal organising. First, they address both the problem of time and boundary in network analysis and propose introducing organisational routines as a way to appreciate how actors perceive temporal structures. They argue that the problem of time is more accurately described in the context of a process based approach to network research. Second, in the context of inter-organisational routines they consider how actors perceive time and how temporal structuring is negotiated through dialogues.

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