This cutting-edge, multidisciplinary Handbook comprises specially commissioned contributions surveying state-of-the-art research on the concept of organizational routines. An authoritative overview of the concept of organizational routines and its contributions to our understanding of organizations is presented. To identify those contributions, the role of organizational routines in such processes as organizational learning, performance feedback, and organizational memory is discussed. To identify how the concept can contribute to different disciplinary fields, the expert authors review applications across a range of fields including political science, sociology, and accounting. Two chapters on research methods provide expert advice on the endeavour of experimental studies and empirical field studies of organizational routines.
Overall, this Handbook contains articles that identify the role of organizational routines in processes underlying the stability and change of organizations, show how the concept has been applied in different disciplinary fields, and discuss methods for carrying out empirical research using the organizational routines concept. Because of the importance issues such as the stability and change of organizations have in organization theory and strategy, this Handbook will appeal to scholars and students in business and management, in particular in organization theory, organization behaviour, and strategic management.
Edited by Markus C. Becker, Professor, Strategic Organization Design Unit, Department of Marketing and Management, University of Southern Denmark
Contents: PART I 1. The Past, Present and Future of Organizational Routines: Introduction to the Handbook of Organizational Routines Markus C. Becker 2. The Concept of a Routine Geoffrey M. Hodgson PART II: ORGANIZATIONAL ROUTINES ACROSS DIFFERENT FIELDS 3. Organizational Routines in Political Science Timothy J. McKeown 4. Routines, `Going Concerns' and Innovation: Towards an Evolutionary Economic Sociology Marc J. Ventresca and William N. Kaghan 5. Organizational Routines in Accounting John Burns and Robert W. Scapens 6. Problem Solving and Governance in the Capability-based View of the Firm: The Roles and Theoretical Representations of Organizational Routines Giovanni Dosi, Marco Faillo and Luigi Marengo PART III: ORGANIZATIONAL ROUTINES, SEARCH AND LEARNING 7. Organizational Routines in Evolutionary Theory Thorbjorn Knudsen 8. Organizational Routines and Organizational Learning Anne S. Miner, Michael P. Ciuchta and Yan Gong 9. Organizational Routines and Performance Feedback Henrich R. Greve 10. Routines and Routinization: An Exploration of Some Micro-Cognitive Foundations Nathalie Lazaric 11. Staying on Track: A Voyage to the Internal Mechanisms of Routine Reproduction Martin Schulz 12. The Role of Teams and Communities in the Emergence of Organizational Routines Patrick Cohendet and Patrick Llerena PART IV: CONDUCTING EMPIRICAL RESEARCH ON ORGANIZATIONAL ROUTINES 13. Issues in Empirical Field Studies of Organizational Routines Brian T. Pentland and Martha S. Feldman 14. Conducting Experimental Research on Organizational Routines Alessandro Narduzzo and Massimo Warglien Index