The Origins of organizational routines

Peter Bryant

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Building on the Cognitive-Affective Personality System (CAPS) theory of personality, the paper develops a model of the origins of organizational routines defined as recurrent action patterns. It proposes that routines evolve from repeated group-level behaviors that are triggered by features of situations and mediated by cognitive-affective processes. Comparable processes mediate personality in the CAPS theory. As a consequence, the paper conceives of personalities and organizations as complementary situation-behavior systems mediated by similar cognitiveaffective processes. Implications are discussed for research into organizational routines, organizational learning and change, and the theory of the firm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalProceedings of the 2008 Annual Meeting Academy of Management
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventAcademy of Management Annual Meeting (68th : 2008) - Anaheim, United States
Duration: 8 Aug 200813 Aug 2008


  • routines
  • organizational theory
  • psychology
  • theory of the firm


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