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Organizational Routines: How They Are Created, Maintained, and Changed

Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Claus Rerup, Ann Langly, and Haridimos Tsoukas


Over the past fifteen years, organizational routines increasingly have been investigated from a process perspective to challenge the idea that routines are stable entities that are mindlessly enacted. We summarize in this chapter what constitutes a process perspective on organizational routines, and document some of the major areas of recent inquiry, including change in routines, the role of artifacts in routine performances, and emergence of routines. Three other themes emerge from the various chapters that constitute this volume: (1) Zooming out to understand routines in larger contexts; (2) ... More

Keywords: organizational routines, process perspective, routines and contexts, creativity and innovation, actors and skill

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198759485
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Howard-Grenville, editor
Diageo Reader in Management Studies, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Claus Rerup, editor
Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Western University

Ann Langly, editor
Professor, HEC Montréal

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1 Introduction

Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Claus Rerup, Ann 1, and Haridimos Tsoukas

Part I Theme Specific Chapters

Section A Theorizing Routines from a Process Perspective

2 Routines as Process

Martha S. Feldman

3 Re-Viewing Routines through a Pragmatist Lens

Barbara Simpson and Philippe Lorino

4 The Multiplicity of Habit

Scott F. Turner and Eugenia Cacciatori

Section B Empirical Explorations of Routines from a Process Perspective

6 The Role of Artifacts in Establishing Connectivity Within Professional Routines

Paula Jarzabkowski, Rebecca Bednarek, and Paul Spee

7 When “Good” is Not Good Enough

Helle Kryger Aggerholm and Birte Asmuß

8 Teaming Routines in Complex Innovation Projects

Amy C. Edmondson and Tiona Zuzul

9 Dynamic In-capabilities

Jacky Swan, Maxine Robertson, and Sue Newell

Part II General Process Papers

End Matter