Title: Operationalising organisational routines for science and technology management: an exploratory study

Authors: Jennifer Franczak; Jonathon Mote

Addresses: Department of Management, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, USA ' Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20011, USA

Abstract: This paper explores an approach to the operationalisation of organisational routines. This effort builds on recent work that argues for the utilisation of organisational routines as the unit of analysis to assess individual and organisational behavioural changes that might result from innovation policies. However, a significant challenge in utilising organisational routines has been in the operationalisation of the concept. In this paper, we adopt a previously developed technology management routine framework and operationalise routines using existing survey data using the allocation of time spent in different research tasks as a proxy for routines. Hypotheses are developed that test the impact of routine categorisations on the innovation attributes of a research environment and job satisfaction of employees and tested using survey data from a research organisation focused on atmospheric research. We conclude with a discussion of the results and the need for a better understanding of routines in the management of scientific and technological research.

Keywords: organisational routines; science; technology; management; innovation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2018.093853

International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 2018 Vol.18 No.3, pp.272 - 290

Available online: 27 Jul 2018 *

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