The Elgar Companion to Innovation and Knowledge Creation
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The Elgar Companion to Innovation and Knowledge Creation

Edited by Harald Bathelt, Patrick Cohendet, Sebastian Henn and Laurent Simon

This unique Companion provides a comprehensive overview and critical evaluation of existing conceptualizations and new developments in innovation research. It draws on multiple perspectives of innovation, knowledge and creativity from economics, geography, history, management, political science and sociology. The Companion brings together leading scholars to reflect upon innovation as a concept (Part I), innovation and institutions (Part II), innovation and creativity (Part III), innovation, networking and communities (Part IV), innovation in permanent spatial settings (Part V), innovation in temporary, virtual and open settings (Part VI), innovation, entrepreneurship and market making (Part VII), and the governance and management of innovation (Part VIII).
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Chapter 34: Performativity and the innovation–replication dilemma

Luciana D’Adderio


This chapter draws on a recent case of routines transfer within a high-technology, highly distributed organizational setting, to call for a more dynamic characterization of transfer as an emergent achievement involving the effortful recreation of routines at a new location. By building on recent advances in Routine Dynamics and Performativity Theory, I argue how routines can be usefully theorized as the (constantly challenged) outcome of ‘performative struggles’ among competing agencies and their performative programmes. This performative framework helps advancing a dynamic perspective on routines transfer while also focusing our attention towards the key role of artefacts and organizational communities on the transfer and replication of organizational routines.

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