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.

Routine Resilience Simulator

With funding from NSF (BCS-2120530), we have developed an interactive model to simulate disruption and resilience in organizational routines. During the 2023-2024 Academic year, this project will provide Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) opportunities for interested students with appropriate backgrounds. A preliminary description of the project is available here: Routine Resilience Simulator.


The work presented here has been supported by the National Science Foundation (under grants SES-0924786, SES-1026932, SES-1734237 and BCS-2120530) 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.

Questions or comments?

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