Tim Vantilborgh, Joeri Hofmans, Timothy A Judge
Vantilborgh, T., Hofmans, J., & Judge, T. A. (2018). The time has come to study dynamics at work. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39(9), 1045–1049. https://doi.org/10.1002/job.2327
Publication year: 2018

Most, if not all, workplace phenomena are dynamic, meaning that they emerge, evolve, and dissolve over time. Yet, the role of time is commonly overlooked in OB literature. This special issue showcases how a temporal process‐oriented lens can be used to study dynamics of workplace phenomena. In this editorial, we define the term dynamics, arguing that research on workplace dynamics focuses on how within‐person (or more broadly, within‐unit) processes unfold over time. More- over, we zoom in on the diverse roles of time, illustrating the rich diversity in research on workplace dynamics, and we high- light three specific challenges for scholars wanting to pursue this line of research. We conclude that the time has come to move from a differential to a temporal and process‐oriented perspective, allowing us to understand what happens, how things happen, and why things happen at the workplace.

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