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Description - The Emergence of Routines by Daniel M. G. Raff

This book is a collection of essays about the emergence of routines and, more generally, about getting things organized in firms and in industries in early stages and in transition.

These are subjects of the greatest interest to students of entrepreneurship and organizations, as well as to business historians, but the academic literature is thin. The chronological settings of the book's eleven substantive chapters are historical, reaching as far back as the late 1800s right up to the 1990s, but the issues they raise are evergreen and the historical perspective is exploited to advantage.

The chapters are organized in three broad groups: examining the emergence of order and routines in initiatives, studying the same subject in ongoing operations, and a third focusing specifically on the phenomena of transition. The topics range from the Book-of-the-Month Club to industrial research at Alcoa, from the evolution of procurement and coordination to project-based industries such as bridge- and dam-building and the governance of defence contracting, and from the development of
project performance appraisal at the World Bank to the way the global automobile industry collectively redesigned the internal combustion engine to deal with after the advent of environmental regulation. The chapters are vivid and thought-provoking in themselves and, for pedagogical purposes, offer
excellent jumping-off points for discussion of relevant experiences and cognate academic literature.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198787761
ISBN-10: 0198787766
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 159mm x 27mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 15-Dec-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Daniel M. G. Raff

Daniel M.G. Raff is Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School of Business, Associate Professor of History, and Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is the co-editor of four other scholarly books and the author of many articles and book chapters. Philip Scranton is Emeritus Board of Governors Professor, History of Industry and Technology, Rutgers University, author or editor of 15 scholarly books, the author of many articles and book chapters, and editor-in-chief of Enterprise and Society: The International Journal of Business History, 2007-14