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

Teppo Felin, Nicolai J. Foss, Koen Heimeriks, Tammy L. Madsen

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
PublisherCenter for Strategic Management and Globalization
Number of pages46
Publication statusPublished - 2012
SeriesSMG Working Paper


  • Microfoundations
  • Routines and capabilities
  • Aggregation
  • Micro-macro links

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