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

24 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 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 H. Heimeriks

Independent

Tammy L. Madsen

Santa Clara University

Date Written: December 2012

Abstract

This article introduces the Special Issue and discusses 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. 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: aggregation, microfoundations, micro‐macro links, routines and capabilities

Suggested Citation

Felin, Teppo and Foss, Nicolai J. and Heimeriks, Koen H. and Madsen, Tammy L., Microfoundations of Routines and Capabilities: Individuals, Processes, and Structure (December 2012). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 49, Issue 8, pp. 1351-1374, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2177108 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01052.x

Teppo Felin

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

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Nicolai J. Foss

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

Kilen
Frederiksberg, 2000
Denmark

Koen H. Heimeriks

Independent

No Address Available
United States

Tammy L. Madsen

Santa Clara University ( email )

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

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