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Organizational routines: how they are created, maintained, and changed

Contributor(s): Howard-Grenville, Jennifer [Editor] | Rerup, Claus [Editor] | Langley, Ann [Editor] | Tsoukas, Haridimos [Editor].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York Oxford University Press 2017Description: xxiii, 267 p. With index.ISBN: 9780198804413.Subject(s): Organizational behavior | Management styles and communication | Management | Business and economicsDDC classification: 302.35 Summary: Over the past 15 years, organizational routines have been increasingly investigated from a process perspective to challenge the idea that routines are stable entities that are mindlessly enacted. A process perspective explores how routines are performed by specific people in specific settings. It shows how action, improvisation, and novelty are part of routine performances. It also departs from a view of routines as "black boxes" that transform inputs into organizational outputs and places attention on the actual actions and patterns that comprise routines. Routines are both effortful accomplishments, in that it takes effort to perform, sustain, or change them, and emergent accomplishments, because sometimes the effort to perform routines leads to unforeseen change. While a process perspective has enabled scholars to open up the 'black box' of routines and explore their actions and patterns in fine-grained, dynamic ways, there is much more work to be done. Chapters in this volume make considerable progress, through the three main themes expressed across these chapters. These are: Zooming out to understand routines in larger contexts; Zooming in to reveal actor dispositions and skill; and Innovation, creativity and routines in ambiguous contexts. (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/organizational-routines-9780198804413?cc=gb&lang=en&#)
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Table of Contents

Part I: Theme Specific Chapters
Section A: Theorizing Routines from a Process Perspective
2: Routines as Process: Past, Present, and Future, Martha S. Feldman
3: Re-viewing Routines through a Pragmatist Lens, Barbara Simpson and Philippe Lorino
4: The Multiplicity of Habit: Implications for Routines Research, Scott F. Turner and Eugenia Cacciatori
5: Evolutionary and Revolutionary Change in Path Dependent Patterns of Action, Brian T. Pentland and Eun Ju Jung
Section B: Empirical Explorations of Routines from a Process Perspective
6: The Role of Artifacts in Establishing Connectivity within Professional Routines: A Question of Entanglement, Paula Jarzabkowski, Rebecca Bednarek, and Paul Spee
7: When'Good' is not Good Enough: Power Dynamics and Performative Aspects of Organizational Routines, Helle Kryger Aggerholm and Birte Asmuß
8: Teaming Routines in Complex Innovation Projects, Amy C. Edmondson and Tiona Zuzul
9: Dynamic In-capabilities: The Paradox of Routines in the Ecology of Complex Innovation, Jacky Swan, Maxine Robertson, and Sue Newell

Part II: General Process Papers
10: Relational Power, Personhood, and Organizations, C. Robert Mesle

Over the past 15 years, organizational routines have been increasingly investigated from a process perspective to challenge the idea that routines are stable entities that are mindlessly enacted.

A process perspective explores how routines are performed by specific people in specific settings. It shows how action, improvisation, and novelty are part of routine performances. It also departs from a view of routines as "black boxes" that transform inputs into organizational outputs and places attention on the actual actions and patterns that comprise routines. Routines are both effortful accomplishments, in that it takes effort to perform, sustain, or change them, and emergent accomplishments, because sometimes the effort to perform routines leads to unforeseen change.

While a process perspective has enabled scholars to open up the 'black box' of routines and explore their actions and patterns in fine-grained, dynamic ways, there is much more work to be done. Chapters in this volume make considerable progress, through the three main themes expressed across these chapters. These are: Zooming out to understand routines in larger contexts; Zooming in to reveal actor dispositions and skill; and Innovation, creativity and routines in ambiguous contexts.

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