Selection-adaption-retention dynamics and variety in organisational routines

Furneaux, Craig W., Tywoniak, Stephane, & Gudmundsson, Amanda (2010) Selection-adaption-retention dynamics and variety in organisational routines. In Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Dare to Care : Passion and Compassion in Management Practice & Research, 6–10 August 2010, Montreal, Canada.

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The notion of routines as mechanisms for achieving stability and change in organisations is well established in the organisational theory literature (Becker, 2004). However the relationship between the dynamics of selection, adaptation and retention and the increase or decrease in the varieties of routines which are the result of these processes, is not as well established theoretically or empirically. This paper investigates the processes associated with the evolution of an inter-organisational routine over time. The paper contributes to theory by advancing a conceptual clarification between the dynamics of organisational routines which produce variation, and the varieties of routines which are generated as a result of such processes; and an explanation for the relationship between selection, adaptation and retention dynamics and the creation of variety. The research is supported by analysis of empirical data pertaining to the procurement of engineering assets in a large asset intensive organisation.

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ID Code: 38842
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Selection-adaption-retention Dynamics , Organisational Routines, Procurement
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2010 23:35
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 14:01

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