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Organizational Routines

Advancing Empirical Research Edited by Markus C. Becker, Professor, Strategic Organization Design Unit, Department of Marketing and Management, University of Southern Denmark and Nathalie Lazaric, Research Professor, CNRS, University of Nice–Sophia Antipolis and GREDEG – UMR 7321, France
This book showcases advanced empirical research that applies the concept of organizational routines to understanding organizations and how they change and evolve.
Extent: 304 pp
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Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84720 194 2
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This book showcases advanced empirical research that applies the concept of organizational routines to understanding organizations and how they change and evolve.

The contributions gathered in the book cover qualitative, quantitative, and archival methods for empirical research applying the concept of organizational routines. Specific issues highlighted include the use of event-sequence methods in the analysis of organizational routines, the impact of standard operating procedures on recurrent behaviour patterns, and the stability, resilience, and change of organizational routines. The book thus provides an overview of different empirical methods applied to study organizational routines, and of their prerequisites, analytical power, and contribution.

This comprehensive book will be of great interest to scholars and postgraduate students in the fields of organization theory, strategy, and organization behaviour. Researchers in organization, management and economic science, organizational change and evolutionary theories will also find this book invaluable.
‘One of the major challenges facing organization studies has been for a long time to develop an operational content to the notion of “routines”. This book offers important advances in this direction, both conceptually and through illuminating case studies.’
– Giovanni Dosi, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy
Contributors: M.C. Becker, J.P. Birnholtz, M.D. Cohen, L. D’Adderio, T. Haerem, D.W. Hillison, S.V. Hoch, G.M. Hodgson, F. Huet, N. Lazaric, R.R. Nelson, B.T. Pentland, C. Salvato, M. van der Steen, R. Wenting, F. Zirpoli
Contents:

1. Advancing Empirical Research on Organizational Routines: Introduction
Markus C. Becker and Nathalie Lazaric

PART I: CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS
2. Routines as Technologies and as Organizational Capabilities
Richard R. Nelson

3. The Nature and Replication of Routines
Geoffrey M. Hodgson

PART II: METHODS FOR ANALYSING ORGANIZATIONAL ROUTINES
4. Using Workflow Data to Explore the Structure of an Organizational Routine
Brian T. Pentland, Thorvald Haerem and Derek W. Hillison

5. The Contribution of Event-sequence Analysis to the Study of Organizational Routines
Carlo Salvato

6. The Inheritance of Organizational Routines and the Emergence of a Firm Genealogy in the Fashion Design Industry
Rik Wenting

PART III: ORGANIZATIONAL ROUTINES AND STABILITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
7. Is it the ‘Same’? Observing the Regeneration of Organizational Character at Camp Poplar Grove
Jeremy P. Birnholtz, Michael D. Cohen and Susannah V. Hoch

8. Uncovering Inertia: Ambiguity between Formal Rules and Routines of Interaction
Martijn van der Steen

PART IV: ORGANIZATIONAL ROUTINES AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE AND INNOVATION
9. The Influence of Artefacts and Distributed Agencies on Routines’ Dynamics: From Representation to Performation
Luciana D’Adderio

10. Innovation Routines: Exploring the Role of Procedures and Stable Behaviour Patterns in Innovation
Markus C. Becker and Francesco Zirpoli

11. The Difficult Creation of Novel Routines: Persistence of Old Habits and Renewal of Knowledge Base in French SMEs
Frédéric Huet and Nathalie Lazaric

Index