Title: A source of novelty and/or absurdity: the paradoxes of management

Authors: Miguel Pina e Cunha; Rebecca Bednarek

Addresses: Nova School of Business and Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal ' Victoria Business School, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand

Abstract: This paper explores paradox, a way of seeing organisations that emphasises interdependence, opposition and persistence, as both a source of novelty and absurdity. Paradoxes are processes with a dual potential for organisational harm or good, depending on the way they are framed and tackled. We explore this dual side of paradox and discuss some of its implications for the management of organisations.

Keywords: paradoxes; organisations; novelty; absurdity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBE.2020.105476

International Journal of Business Environment, 2020 Vol.11 No.1, pp.69 - 79

Received: 05 Jun 2019
Accepted: 15 Jul 2019

Published online: 26 Feb 2020 *

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