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Emergence: How Novelty, Growth, and Formation Shape Organizations and Their Ecosystems


ISBN: 978-1-78635-915-5, eISBN: 978-1-78635-914-8

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 24 March 2017


In social theory, emergence is the process of novelty (1) creation, (2) growth, and (3) formation into a recognizable social object, process, or structure. Emergence is recognized as important for the existence of novel features of society such as new organizations, new practices, or new relations between actors. In this introduction to the volume on emergence, we introduce a framework for examining emergence processes and theories that have been applied or can be applied to each of the three stages. We also review each volume chapter and discuss their relation to each other. Finally, we make suggestions on the future of research on social emergence processes.



Seidel, M.-D.L. and Greve, H.R. (2017), "Emergence: How Novelty, Growth, and Formation Shape Organizations and Their Ecosystems", Emergence (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 50), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 1-27.



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