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Replication of Routines in Organizations: Existing Literature and New Perspectives

Friesl, Martin and Larty, Joanne (2013) Replication of Routines in Organizations: Existing Literature and New Perspectives. International Journal of Management Reviews, 15 (1). pp. 106-122. ISSN 1460-8545

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    Replication of existing routines in new contexts is an important value-creating strategy for organizations. In this paper we synthesize the state of research on replication and organize the literature around two broad themes: forward knowledge flows (i.e. from a replicator to a replicatee) and reverse knowledge flows. We show that theoretical assumptions of existing research leave important questions around the replication of routines unaddressed. More specifically, we identify research gaps in regards to micro-level processes of replication. We understand little about the performance of routines in practice and, related to that, the processes through which routines change during replication. Drawing on recent theorizing on organizational routines, in particular the relationship of the ostensive and performative aspects, helps us to unpack the micro-level processes of forward and reverse knowledge flows. This paper opens two new trajectories for research on replication: (1) a focus on the actions of individual actors in the enactment of organizational routines provides new possibilities for understanding how replication is an inherently political process, (2) conceptualising change as endogenous within the performance of routines offers a route to a more nuanced understanding of forms of change and deviation in the process of replication. The paper closes with a summary of major theoretical arguments, questions for further research, as well as implications for practitioners.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Management Reviews
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Replication ; Routines ; Strategy-as-practice ; Knowledge Transfer ; Practice theory
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Lancaster University Management School - Other > Centre for Strategic Management
    Lancaster University Management School > Institute for Enterprise & Entrepeneurial Development (IEED)
    ID Code: 53625
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 22 Apr 2012 01:16
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:20
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