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Research seminar | Routines and novel outcomes: Producing discovery and invention on an ongoing basis - 21 Feb 2024

We are excited to welcome you to a research seminar with Professor Scott Turner from the University of South Carolina. Register now to secure your seat!

Paper title and abstract

Routines and novel outcomes: Producing discovery and invention on an ongoing basis

Abstract: This study examines how routine participants sustain the generation of novel outcomes on an ongoing basis, i.e., performance after performance. We address this question through a qualitative inquiry into routines for scientific discovery and invention—specifically in the form of the research project routine. We find that participants sustain the production of novel outcomes across routine performances through two self-fueling processes: ideating and capitalizing. These core processes operate in the interstices between performances, where routine participants draw upon ideas and capital arising from previous performances to generate the resources that enable successive performances. Further, we identify speculative probing and concept proofing as processes that bring together ideating and capitalizing, as they facilitate the transformation of provisional ideas and latent capital from previous performances into proven ideas and working capital that enable the production of novel outcomes in new performances. Our findings and theorizing advance understanding regarding the ongoing production of novel outcomes as well as endogenous forces driving stability and dynamics in routines—areas identified as important for routine dynamics research—and offer insights for resourcing theory.

About Scott Turner

Scott Turner is a Professor of Management at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He previously worked at the University of Maryland and has held adjunct and visiting positions at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), University of North Carolina, and Duke University. His research focuses at the intersection of innovation, change, and organizational routines, and utilizes a variety of methodological approaches, including panel data analysis, case studies, computational simulation, and field experiments. His work has been published in outlets such as Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, and Organizational Research Methods. He has taught courses in strategic management, entrepreneurship, and organization theory, spanning undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. He received a Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of North Carolina, M.S. in industrial administration from Purdue University, and B.S. in civil engineering from Clemson University.

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