The (N)Ever-Changing World: Stability and Change in Organizational Routines

@article{Pentland2011TheW,
  title={The (N)Ever-Changing World: Stability and Change in Organizational Routines},
  author={Brian T. Pentland and Thorvald Haerem and Derek Hillison},
  journal={Organization Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={22},
  pages={1369-1383}
}
This paper uses data on invoice processing in four organizations to distinguish empirically between two competing theories of organizational routines. One theory predicts that routines should generate patterns of action that are few in number and stable over time, and that atypical patterns of action are driven primarily by exceptional inputs. The competing theory predicts the opposite. By modeling the routines as networks of action and using a first-order Markov model to test for stationarity… CONTINUE READING

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