This article introduces the Special Issue and discusses the microfoundations of routines and capabilities, including why a microfoundations view is needed and how it may inform work on organizational and competitive heterogeneity. Building on extant research, we identify three primary categories of micro-level components underlying routines and capabilities: individuals, social processes, and structure. We discuss how these components, and their interactions, may affect routines and capabilities. In doing so, we outline a research agenda for advancing the field's understanding of the microfoundations of routines and capabilities.
Journal of Management Studies, 2012, Vol 49, Issue 8, p. 1351-1374
Aggregation; Microfoundations; Micro-macro links; Routines and capabilities; Micro-Macro Links; Routines and Capabilities