Event System Theory: An Event-Oriented Approach to the Organizational Sciences

  title={Event System Theory: An Event-Oriented Approach to the Organizational Sciences},
  author={Frederick P. Morgeson and Terence R. Mitchell and Dong Liu},
  journal={Academy of Management Review},
Organizations are dynamic, hierarchically structured entities. Such dynamism is reflected in the emergence of significant events at every organizational level. Despite this fact, there has been relatively little discussion about how events become meaningful and come to impact organizations across space and time. We address this gap by developing event system theory, which suggests that events become salient when they are novel, disruptive, and critical (reflecting an event’s strength… 

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