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Category: temporality

Bluedorn – 2002 – Polychronicity (Chapter 3)

Summary: Deep, conceptual discussion of polychronicity — a mental activity and overt behavior that describes a continuum of activity patterns by two levels of analysis: individuals and groups. In short, polychronicity is “the extent to which people (1) prefer to be engaged in two or more tasks or events simultaneously and are actually so engaged (the preference strongly implying the behavior and vice versa), and (2) believe their preference is the best way to do things.”


Bluedorn – 2002 – Temporal realities (Chapter 2)

Summary: Discussion of ways people experience temporality in different ways — as equivalent/homogeneous fungible moments and distinct/heterogeneous epochal times. In each case, these temporal realities help to coordinate social activities and convey meanings about them through relatedness/contrasts. Adam, Giddens, McGrath, and Orlikowski are cited.