Shaping strategy as a structuration process

Jarzabkowski, P. (2008). Shaping strategy as a structuration process. Academy of Management Journal, 51(4), pp. 621-650. doi: 10.5465/AMR.2008.33664922

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Research on top managers' strategizing behavior has addressed how they shape either the structural context or the interpretations of organization members. I offer a struc-turation theory framework integrating these two partial explanations and treating strategy shaping as socially dynamic. A qualitative seven-year analysis of top managers in three universities shows a sequential pattern of shaping strategy first in the action and then in the institutional realm, and also a simultaneous pattern of shaping strategy in both realms at once. Both patterns are successful in weakly institutionalized strategy contexts, whereas the simultaneous pattern is more successful in strongly institutionalized strategy contexts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: STRATEGIC planning, STRUCTURATION theory (Communication), UNIVERSITIES & colleges -- Administration, ORGANIZATIONAL aims & objectives, CONTEXT effects (Psychology), EXECUTIVES -- Psychology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Management

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