Microfoundations of Routines and Capabilities: Individuals, Processes, and Structure

Posted: 20 Jan 2012

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Teppo Felin

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Nicolai J. Foss

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation

Koen Heimeriks

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Tammy L. Madsen

Santa Clara University

Date Written: January 5, 2012

Abstract

We discuss the microfoundations of routines and capabilities, including why a microfoundations view is needed and how it may inform work on organizational and competitive heterogeneity. Building on extant research, we identify three primary categories of micro-level components underlying routines and capabilities: individuals, social processes, and structure and design. We discuss how these components, and their interactions, may affect routines and capabilities. In doing so, we outline a research agenda for advancing the field’s understanding of the microfoundations of routines and capabilities.

Keywords: Microfoundations, routines and capabilities, aggregation, micro-macro links

JEL Classification: B52, D21, L21, M1

Suggested Citation

Felin, Teppo and Foss, Nicolai J. and Heimeriks, Koen and Madsen, Tammy L., Microfoundations of Routines and Capabilities: Individuals, Processes, and Structure (January 5, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1988881 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1988881

Teppo Felin (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

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Nicolai J. Foss

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation ( email )

Kilen
Frederiksberg, 2000
Denmark

Koen Heimeriks

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) ( email )

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3000 DR Rotterdam, 3000 DR
Netherlands

Tammy L. Madsen

Santa Clara University ( email )

Management Department
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States

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