A Routine Dynamics Lens on the Stability-Change Dilemma in Project-Based Organizations
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Original versionProject Management Journal. 2021, 52 (3), 278-286. 10.1177/8756972820986660
A central issue in project-based organizations (PBOs) is how to balance the need for flexibly responding to changing customer demands and creating consistent performance in the organization at large. This article discusses the relevance of a routine dynamics lens for understanding this dilemma. We show how routine dynamics might help to understand how and under what conditions routines—with their dual capacity for stability and change—produce a variety of performances, some stable and some varying, in the PBO. As such, we contribute to the stream of research that seeks to explain how PBOs build capabilities and how they work.