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Organizational routines and cognition: an introduction to empirical an analytical contributions

  • Nathalie Lazaric


    (GREDEG - Groupe de Recherche en Droit, Economie et Gestion - UNS - Université Nice Sophia Antipolis - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

This article introduces this special issue on routines. It offers some suggestions as to why the concept of routines is considered central in methodological considerations of capabilities and organizational evolution. The contributors to this special issue propose various analytical tools, and provide some missing pieces from the puzzle related to the prominent role of routines. Issues discussed in the papers include methodological individualism. Routines lie between the individual and the firm levels of analysis because they are enacted by individuals in a social context. It is also suggested that a multilevel research agenda provides a finer grained analysis because organizational routines are not isolated units but are entangled among the various organizational layers.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Institutional Economics, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2011, 7 (2), pp.147-156. <10.1017/S1744137411000130>
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00599719
DOI: 10.1017/S1744137411000130
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