Bringing History into the Study of Routines: Contextualizing Performance

Mutch, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8054-6649, 2016. Bringing History into the Study of Routines: Contextualizing Performance. Organization Studies. ISSN 0170-8406

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The focus on routines as ‘generative systems’ often portrays them as patterns of action relatively divorced from their context. History can help to supply a deeper and richer context, showing how routines are connected to broader structural and cultural factors. But it also shows that routines themselves have a history. This is explored using the illustration of the history of one particular organizational routine, that of the visitation of local organizational units by central church bodies, in three times and places: fifteenth century Italy, eighteenth century England and eighteenth century Scotland. This illustration shows that similar routines can be found but these are given very different inflections by the broader social, cultural and political context. Attention is drawn in particular to the
differential involvement of lay actors and the implications for broader impacts. The case is made for analytical narratives of emergence of routines which can reconnect organizational routines both with their own history and with their broader context.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Organization Studies
Creators: Mutch, A.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 2016
ISSN: 0170-8406
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 07 Apr 2016 08:41
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2017 12:38

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