Strategy as Practice: Research Directions and Resources

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 2, 2007 - Business & Economics - 244 pages
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Research in strategy has shifted significantly towards strategy as something organizations have, rather than strategy as something that managers do. The activities of the people who actually manage and develop organizational strategy have become marginalized. Strategy as Practice argues the reverse: that research on strategy needs to take seriously what strategists do and the effects of what they do.Written by a distinguished team of researchers and educators, the book sets out a research agenda, provides guidelines on theoretical perspectives and alternative methodologies for research on practice as well as commentaries on published illustrative papers that exemplify the practice perspective. Strategy as Practice will be essential reading for doctoral students, researchers and academics who wish to understand or undertake research in this important field of management research.
  

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Contents

2 Practical theories
30
Macro
37
the sensemaking perspective and the notion of performative routines all
51
3
52
Part lI
81
4 Technology as an occasion for
83
5 Making fast strategic decisions in
101
the purposes
121
7 Sensemaking and sensegiving in
137
Envisioning
146
9 Strategizing as lived experience and
165
10 Organizational restructuring and middle
179
11
197
Part III
205
12
207
References
222

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About the author (2007)

Ann Langley is Professor of Strategic Management and Research Methods at HEC Montréal.

Leif Melin is Professor of Strategy and Organization at the Department of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Management, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University.

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