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Experience and Repetition as Antecedents of Organizational Routines and Capabilities - A Critique of Behaviorist and Empiricist Approaches

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We discuss the behaviorist and empiricist foundations of the organizational routines andcapabilities literature, specifically the extant emphasis placed on experience, repetition andobservation as the key inputs and mechanisms of behavior, learning and change in organizations.Based on this discussion we highlight several concerns associated with specifying experience andrepetition as antecedents of routines and capabilities, namely, (1) the problem of origins andcausation, (2) the problem of extremes, (3) the problem of intentionality, (4) the problem of newknowledge, and (5) the problem of the environment. We highlight the “poverty of stimulus”argument and more generally discuss how internalist or rationalist, choice-based approach mightprovide a more fruitful (though preliminary) foundation for extant research on organizationalroutines and capabilities.

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Teppo Felin

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7954

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