What accounts for the emergence of a new interaction pattern? On generative mechanisms, constitutive rules and charging routines

Iannacci, Federico and Resca, Andrea (2021) What accounts for the emergence of a new interaction pattern? On generative mechanisms, constitutive rules and charging routines. European Management Review, 18 (3). pp. 277-292. ISSN 1740-4754

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Abstract

Drawing on the notion of generative mechanisms as constitutive rules, this paper advocates a shift away from the notion of routines as sources of ongoing change and towards a rule-based understanding of routines as institutional facts. While the recent practice turn to routines studies has highlighted sources of endogenous change, this paper adopts a Critical Realist stance to investigate exogenous forces that account for the emergence of a new routine. To this end, the paper endeavours to analyse the passing of new legislation in the criminal justice system of England and Wales. By examining what makes the rules of the game change between the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service, the paper explains an instance of institutionalisation in the making. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed. Our contribution stresses that constitutive rules play a pivotal role for recognising, identifying and labelling organisational routines, thus generating order, stability and patterning.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: generative mechanisms, constitutive rules, routines, emergence, critical realist case study principles
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Management
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Date Deposited: 06 May 2022 11:11
Last Modified: 06 May 2022 11:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/105741

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