CFP (Routledge): Habits and Routines: Philosophical, Psychological, and Organizational Approaches to Automatic Actions

Submission deadline: December 1, 2017





XXVI volume of

Praxiology: The International Annual of Practical Philosophy and Methodology

Submission Deadline: 1st December, 2017


Piotr T. Makowski (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)

Przemysław G. Hensel (University of Warsaw, Poland)


The theme of automatic behavior has been attracting attention of researchers working in philosophical action theory, cognitive and developmental psychology, and organization science for over three decades. It has been widely recognized that a significant portion of human everyday automatic practices are constituted by habitual and routine behavior. Still, the research on habits and routines in psychology and organization science vary significantly. While in psychology habits are identified and interpreted as one of the standard types of automatic behavior (Wood & Rünger, 2016), in organization science habits and organizational routines are usually distinguished (Hodgson, 2008). What is more, organization researchers are divided as for the character of routines and habits: some of them believe that routines – as much as habits – constitute ‘mindless automaticity’ (Ashforth & Fried, 1988; Gersick & Hackman, 1990; Louis & Sutton, 1991) which explains inertia and suboptimal behavior, others claim that routines are ‘effortful accomplishments’ (Feldman, 2000; Feldman & Pentland, 2003; Pentland & Rueter, 1994) and allow flexibility and change. Yet others try to show that some organizational habits are mindful (Turner & Cacciatori, 2016). All these differences are significant for the philosophy of action. The goal of the volume is to create a platform for discussing the interrelations between philosophical, psychological, and organizational approaches to habits and routines. Contributions to the volume might address (but are not limited to):

  • The concept of automaticity of behavior as understood in the philosophy of action, psychology, and organization science (Bargh, 1994, 2007; Brownstein & Madva, 2012; Di Nucci, 2013; Gersick & Hackman, 1990; Makowski, 2017).
  • Taxonomy of automatic actions (Makowski, 2017; Turner & Cacciatori, 2016).
  • The problem of mindlessness and mindfulness of automatic behavior (Becker, 2004).
  • Similarities and differences between psychological and organizational accounts of habits and routines.
  • Micro-foundational role of psychological research for organizational routines (Cohen, 2012; Winter, 2013).
  • Models of explanation for automatic actions (Di Nucci, 2013; Makowski, 2017).
  • Routines and organizational capabilities (Dosi, Nelson, & Winter, 2000; Parmigiani & Howard-Grenville, 2011).
  • Interpretations of classic historical accounts of habits, routines and automatic behavior in general.


  • Submissions of length 7000-10000 words (including references and endnotes) should be double-spaced, sent in .doc, .docx, or .rtf file.
  • Essays will be anonymously peer-reviewed by the authors of other submissions to this volume. Contributors who decide to submit their essay hereby accept to act as a reviewer for the volume (one review per one submission).
  • The authors’ names should not appear in the manuscript. The title of the article and other identifying information (name, address, telephone and e-mail address) must be attached as an additional cover page.
  • References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the manuscript. 
  • Beginning from the volume 26, the Praxiology series accepts submissions using APA citation styles (other styles will not be accepted).
  • Manuscripts should be submitted by e-mail to: no later than December 1st , 2017.
  • Informal enquiries relating to the volume, proposed topics and potential fit with volume objectives are welcomed. Please direct any questions to the editors (;
  • According to the practice established in the series, editors will ask for abstracts and brief biographical notes after the decision of acceptance (typically within 4-6 weeks).

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