The aim of SWG 06 is to further our investigation into routines through studying the internal mechanisms by which they emerge
as practices (Feldman, 2000; Feldman & Pentland, 2003).
Moving on from the early conceptualization of routines as automatic, dead or opaque black boxes, we advance a view which sees
them as alive, embodying agency and the potential for change (Cohen, 2007; Pentland & Feldman, 2008). Empirical research and
modeling of routine dynamics has extended our understanding of the role of routines in producing stability and change (Howard-Grenville,
2005; Levinthal & Rerup, 2006; DAdderio, 2014; Zbaracki & Bergen, 2010; Rerup & Feldman, 2011; Pentland et al., 2011;
Salvato & Rerup, 2011, 2018; Turner & Rindova, 2012; Pentland et al., 2012; see also articles in the Organization Science special issue on routine dynamics, 2016).
Over the first phase of this SWG (20142018), we have been able to develop a coherent set of concepts, vocabulary and
methods. We are now seeking to apply these concepts and methods to challenging new problems and topics, as follows:
New Ways of Organizing. We start from the observation that recent trends in technology and innovation are prompting substantially new ways of organizing
holding implications which to date are as yet poorly understood.