Organizational Routines

Organizational routines are repetitive, recognizable patterns of interdependent action carried out by multiple actors (Feldman and Pentland, 2003). Routines are the primary means by which organizations get work done and they are a central element in theories of organizational stability and change.

Resources for research and teaching

This web site offers a number of resources for teaching and research on organizational routines. These resources are freely available to anyone who would like to download and use them. Check out the networks of action simulator.


The work presented here has been supported by the National Science Foundation (under grants SES-0924786 and SES-1026932) and the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Routine Dynamics

Check out the Routine Dynamics research community, as well:

Questions or comments?

Please contact Brian Pentland (