Routines as Process: Past, Present, and Future

Martha Feldman

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This chapter traces how scholarship over time has taken into consideration the process-oriented nature of routines. The tracing includes the behavioral theory of the firm, evolutionary economics, and routine dynamics. Elaborating and building on the routine dynamics perspective, the chapter suggests that further process orientation is possible through a deeper understanding of action as doings and sayings that display a spectrum of intentionality, control over the body, and social autonomy. Actions have three features that are particularly useful for a process orientation to routines: they are constitutive; they transcend dualisms; and they are relational. The theoretical, rhetorical, and methodological changes entailed in moving from one kind of process orientation to another are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganizational Routines: How They Are Created, Maintained, and Changed
EditorsJennifer Howard-Grenville, Claus Rerup, Ann Langley, Haridimos Tsoukas
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)9780198759485
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

Name Perspectives on Process Organization Studies


  • 512 Business and Management
  • action
  • process theorizing
  • relational
  • routines
  • routine dynamics


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