Corrigendum: Stable Matchings and Preferences of Couples

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Bettina Klaus and Flip Klijn
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Maastricht University
An often made distinction in the study of time in organizations is that between objective, linear, homogeneous, linear, measurable, Newtonian time, also called Chronos, and subjective, non-linear, heterogeneous, experienced, event time, also designated as Kairos. These conceptions of time are associated with the positivistic and the interpretative approaches to organizational research. Are these conceptions of time incompatible? And are there two mutually exclusive ways of gaining scholarly knowledge about time in organizations? This paper proposes that the two notions of time can be meaningfully combined by accepting the possibility of mutual ‘reflection’, that is, the interpretation of measured time, and the measurement of interpreted time. By adding the postulate of ‘recursivity’, which entails reflection at successive (higher order) levels, a broad range of options for inquiry into the temporality of organizational phenomena unfolds, that allows for the use of chronometric as well as interpretative methods. It is noted that prevailing positivistic and interpretative approaches have both lead to a dramatic neglect of measured time in organizational research. Therefore, the remainder of this paper focuses on the chronometric study of organizations. It proposes a research agenda which covers temporal phenomena at multiple analytical levels, including those of the individual, the group and the organization as a whole. Since objective as well as subjective definitions of phenomena are considered, the scope of this chronometric approach and its descriptive and explanatory potential appear to be substantial.
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