Heidegger on Temporality (from Wake Forest lecture)

Conceptions of time and practices for managing time play an important role in both popular management literature and process organization studies. In popular literature, managers have too little time. In organization studies, managers have multiple time-reckoning practices and experiences of time. In response, we explicate and defend Heidegger’s account of primordial time to show the inauthenticity of living with either too little time or many alternative temporal structurings. People are true to primordial (kairotic) time when they face their existential death-the emerging practices that will make their lives meaningless-accept the past emotions that well up on that account and adjust themselves to accept the past and avoid existential death. They then do what is essential. Alternatively, taking over other temporal structurings amounts to living as another kind of self-interpreting being-an organization or a tribe-and is inauthentic. An episode from Steve Jobs’s career illustrates authentic Heideggerian time management.

 

Read the Full “Heidegger on Temporality ver after Wake Forest” article by Charles Spinosa, Matthew Hancocks, Billy Glennon.

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