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

Teppo Felin, Nicolai Juul Foss, Koen H. Heimericks, Tammy L. Madsen

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Management Studies
    Issue number8
    Pages (from-to)1351-1374
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


    • Aggregation
    • Microfoundations
    • Micro-Macro Links
    • Routines and Capabilities

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