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The Generative Potential of Luhmann’s Theorizing for Paradox Research: Decision Paradox and Deparadoxization

Seidl, D., Le, J. & Jarzabkowski, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-8674-6628 (2021). The Generative Potential of Luhmann’s Theorizing for Paradox Research: Decision Paradox and Deparadoxization. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 73b, pp. 49-64. doi: 10.1108/S0733-558X2021000073b004


This chapter introduces two core notions from Niklas Luhmann’s social systems theory to paradox studies. Specifically, it offers the notions of decision paradox and deparadoxization as potential generative theoretical devices for paradox scholars. Drawing on these devices, the paper shifts focus to the everyday and mundane nature of decision paradox and the important role of deparadoxization (i.e. generating latency) in working through paradox. This contribution comes at a critical juncture for paradox scholarship, which has begun to converge around core theories, by opening up additional and possibly alternative theoretical pathways for understanding paradox. These ideas respond to recent calls in the literature to widen our theoretical repertoire and moves scholarship more closely in line with the rich, pluralistic traditions of paradox studies.

Publication Type: Article
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Publisher Keywords: Luhmann, decision paradox, deparadoxization, deparadoxification, dynamic equilibrium, paradox, theory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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