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date: 22 October 2019

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The first section of this article introduces a “static” perspective on decision making that views rationality and politics as alternatives whose appropriateness depends on a key contingency: uncertainty. This section considers classic prescriptions from the literature and shows how and why descriptive decision behavior may diverge from them. The second section takes a more “dynamic” perspective, viewing uncertainty no longer as a fixed contingency, but as a contextual variable that evolves over time. The third section adds consideration of the role of routines from both a prescriptive and a descriptive angle, drawing on recent contributions that discuss their “ostensive and performative” dimensions. The article concludes with implications for future research and practice.

Keywords: rationality, politics, organizational decision making, ostensive dimension, performative dimension, routines

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