PDW 04: Handbook of Routine Dynamics: Developing Chapters

Luciana D’Adderio
Strathclyde Business School, United Kingdom
Katharina Dittrich
The University of Warwick Business School, United Kingdom
Martha S. Feldman
University of California at Irvine, USA
Brian T. Pentland
Michigan State University, USA
Claus Rerup
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany
David Seidl
University of Zurich, Switzerland

Call for Applications


In our original proposal for the EGOS Standing Working Group (SWG) 06 on “Routines and Routine Dynamics”, we included plans for Handbook on Routine Dynamics. Now, after five years of successful sub-themes at EGOS Colloquia, the field has taken shape and there is an established research community. We feel we are ready to move forward with the Handbook project. Towards that end, this workshop will be convened by the editorial team for the Handbook.
This Pre-Colloquium Development Workshop (PDW) will provide an opportunity for authors to develop their Handbook chapters. It will also provide an opportunity for interested members the EGOS community to see what is involved in creating a Handbook for a new area of inquiry. EGOS has been the incubator for similar projects (e.g., Handbook of Strategy as Practice) and we hope this workshop will encourage similar projects in the future.

Motivation for workshop

Creating a handbook is a challenging scholarly process. A handbook should review the past but also articulate a vision for the future. The format and content of the chapters is highly interdependent. How can we attract authors to contribute exciting, forward-looking ideas that work together in a coherent volume?
To address these challenges, we are organizing a meeting to help people form ideas and shape the direction of chapters. This meeting is early in the process when there is more flexibility. It will provide an opportunity to coordinate the chapters and potentially even reorganize the table of contents (adding, combining, removing) to make the best overall volume. It may also provide an opportunity for participants to identify and collaborate with co-authors.

Who should attend

Subject to space limitations, the workshop will be open to anyone interested in Routine Dynamics. We will give priority to anyone who has been invited to contribute a chapter, but we welcome new ideas and new participants. Even if you are not interested in contributing a chapter, the workshop will provide a condensed introduction to Routine Dynamics, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating a Handbook. PhD students are especially encouraged to attend.


The workshop will consist of four parts:

  1. The making of a Handbook: Background on what goes into a handbook project

  2. Brief (2–3 minute) presentations of the chapter outlines.

  3. Round tables where participants can share feedback and suggestions (2 rounds)

  4. Debrief: sharing the best suggestions and next steps




Please submit – via the EGOS website – by April 2, 2019 a single document of application (.doc, .docx or .pdf file) that includes

  • Your name, affiliation and area of research

  • A brief paragraph explaining why you would like to attend

  • A short outline (1–2 pages) of a potential handbook chapter, if so desired. We will make these submissions available to all participants at the workshop.

Please note: Submitting an outline to this PDW is not a commitment on the part of potential authors, the editors, or the publisher. Attending the workshop is not a requirement for authorship in the finished volume. This is just a workshop. Final decisions about chapters and contents will be subject to the decision of the editorial team and the publisher.

Luciana D’Adderio is Reader in Management (Senior Associate Professor) at Strathclyde Business School, UK. Her research focuses on the micro dynamics of organizational practices and routines, with an emphasis on the role of agency and materiality on their emergence, evolution and maintenance, codification, transfer and replication. Luciana served as a Senior Editor for the Special Issue of ‘Organization Science’ on “Routine Dynamics”.
Katharina Dittrich is an Assistant Professor in Organisation Studies at Warwick Business School, The University of Warwick, UK. Her research interests include organizational routines, strategy, climate change and social studies of finance. She works primarily with practice-theoretical approaches and qualitative research methods, in particular ethnography. Her work has been published in ‘Organization Science’, ‘Academy of Management Journal’ and “The Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice” (2nd edition).
Martha S. Feldman is the Johnson Chair for Civic Governance and Public Management at the University of California, USA. She has received the Administrative Science Quarterly’s award for Scholarly Contribution (2009), the Academy of Management Practice Scholarship Award (2011), and the Academy of Management Distinguished Scholar Award from the Organization and Management Theory Division (2015). Martha has convened numerous sub-themes on routine dynamics at previous EGOS Colloquia and participated in EGOS sub-plenary panels.
Brian T. Pentland is the Main Street Capital Partners Endowed Professor in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, USA. His creative work has appeared in ‘Academy of Management Review’, ‘Administrative Science Quarterly’, ‘Journal of Management Studies’, ‘Management Science’, ‘MIS Quarterly’, ‘Organization Science’, ‘Organization Studies’, YouTube, and elsewhere.
Claus Rerup is a Professor of Management at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany. His work focuses on routine dynamics. He was co-convenor of the “Sixth International Symposium on Process Organization Studies “that focused on organizational routines (2014), and a co-editor of an edited volume on “Organizational Routines”, published by Oxford University Press (2016).
David Seidl is the Chair of Organization & Management at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His main research interests focus on corporate governance, organizational routines, organization theory, standardization, Strategy-as-Practice, strategy consulting, and top-management teams. David is a member of several editorial boards, including 'Journal of Management Studies', 'Organization Studies', 'Strategic Organization' and 'Organization'.