Microfoundations of Routines and Capabilities: Individuals, Processes, and Structure


Koen H. Heimeriks, Department of Strategic Management and Business Environment, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Burg. Oudlaan 50, 3062 PA Rotterdam, The Netherlands (kheimeriks@rsm.nl).


This article introduces the Special Issue and discusses the microfoundations of routines and capabilities, including why a microfoundations view is needed and how it may inform work on organizational and competitive heterogeneity. Building on extant research, we identify three primary categories of micro-level components underlying routines and capabilities: individuals, social processes, and structure. We discuss how these components, and their interactions, may affect routines and capabilities. In doing so, we outline a research agenda for advancing the field's understanding of the microfoundations of routines and capabilities.