The Time Dimension: An Interdisciplinary Guide

The Time Dimension: An Interdisciplinary Guide

The Time Dimension: An Interdisciplinary Guide

The Time Dimension: An Interdisciplinary Guide

Synopsis

This is the first comprehensive bibliography of temporal scholarship-research on the subject of time and the phenomenon of time itself. Organized by discipline, the work begins with an initial chapter that lists general works on the time dimension. Nineteen chapters then list works in particular disciplines ranging from anthropology and culture to biology, enconomics, history, linguistics, management studies, psychology, and more. The final chapter lists miscellaneous entries which could not be categorized into any of the specific disciplinary headings. Nearly all sources are from scholarly journals and books.

Excerpt

The idea for this book of bibliographic items began with the search for published research on the subject of time that may have some relevance to my doctoral dissertation topic in the area of strategic management. The more I delved into the temporal literature, the more I became convinced of its many-splendored character. The need for an interdisciplinary compendium of temporal scholarship became readily obvious. The nature of research insights on the subject of time, perhaps in consonance with the nature of the phenomenon of time itself, was difficult to comprehend within the confines of any specific discipline. It seemed that scholars and others interested in the time dimension should find it eminently useful to have a compilation of some of the published works in different disciplines.

Such a comprehensive bibliography should hopefully lead the interested individuals to look up some of the literature far afield from their own particular province. Let me illustrate this with the subject I am most familiar with, namely, management and organizational studies (MOS). There is evidence of increasing interest in time related research in this area (see, for instance, some of the recent publications listed in Chapter 12). The inspiration for this temporal research -- conceptual, theoretical, and empirical -- has inevitably been the literature published in various other disciplines. However, there is presently no guide or compilation of the available publications concerning the temporal dimension that is in some degree relevant to research in MOS. A bibliographic guide would serve to meet the needs of the expanding network of scholars either actively pursuing temporal research at present or interested in exploring the subject. One of the reasons MOS scholars have thus far not been able to make any substantial headway is that the volume and diversity of the literature . . .

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