The Event Revolution: Taking Stock and Looking Forward
Organizational life is marked by both stability and change; stable, routine features contrasted with discrete and dynamic events. Although an enormous body of research has explored the stable features of organizational life, it is only within the last 25 years that scholars have begun to systematically explore more dynamic event-oriented phenomena. In different ways and at different levels, this more recent research has examined how events can impact individual, team, and organizational functioning. Given the growing body of research, it is safe to say that we are in the midst of an “event revolution” that promises to significantly alter and advance our understanding of organizational phenomena, particularly when one is concerned with change and dynamic phenomena. We are at a point in the history of event-oriented research to take stock of what has been accomplished, consider the state of the science, and look to the promising future of event-oriented research. With this in mind, this panel symposium will focus on reviewing and discussing the past, present, and future of event-oriented research.