Variations on a routine : how selection-adaptation-retention dynamics create variety in organisational routines

Furneaux, Craig (2012) Variations on a routine : how selection-adaptation-retention dynamics create variety in organisational routines. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The question "what causes variety in organisational routines" is of considerable interest to organisational scholars, and one to which this thesis seeks to answer. To this end an evolutionary theory of change is advanced which holds that the dynamics of selection, adaptation and retention explain the creation of variety in organisational routines. A longitudinal, multi-level, multi-case analysis is undertaken in this thesis, using multiple data collection strategies. In each case, different types of variety were identified, according to a typology, together with how selection, adaptation and retention contribute to variety in a positive or negative sense. Methodologically, the thesis makes a contribution to our understanding of variety, as certain types of variety only become evident when examined by specific types of research design. The research also makes a theoretical contribution by explaining how selection, adaptation and retention individually and collectively contribute to variety in organisational routines. Moreover, showing that routines could be stable, diverse, adaptive and dynamic at the same time; is a significant, and novel, theoretical contribution.

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ID Code: 52838
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Gudmundsson, Amanda, Tywoniak, Stephane, & Brown, Kerry
Keywords: organisational routines, variation, selection, adaptation, retention, organisational theory, procurement, engineering assets
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2012 06:21
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 02:12

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