Champion, citizen, cynic? : social positions in the strategy process

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en Mantere, Saku 2012-01-24T14:35:24Z 2012-01-24T14:35:24Z 2003-02-07
dc.identifier.isbn 951-22-6329-7
dc.identifier.issn 1459-1936
dc.description.abstract This study is focused on the social positions of individual organizational members in organizational strategy processes. Strategy is a social practice existent in a wide variety of different organizations, influencing, either directly or indirectly, a large number of organizational members. Strategy research has, however, largely neglected the individuals, whose actions and practices make up the strategy process, concentrating on organizations as seemingly homogenous entities. There is even less research exploring the contributions of middle managers and employees acting as strategic agents. The objective of this study is to understand and illuminate the variety of social positions assumed by organizational members from the CEO to the operative employee level in organizational strategy processes. The research is built around a set of 301 qualitative interview texts from 12 organizations. The interviewees are treated as knowledgeable agents capable of reflecting their social positions and roles in the strategy process. The data is analyzed in a grounded theory -setting. The data analysis consists of three 'encounters' with the interview texts. In the first encounter, a three-dimensional schema is created for analyzing the social positions. In the second encounter, 20 social positions are identified and explored under the categories of champion, citizen and cynic. In the third encounter, the 20 positions are divided into three performance categories: role-players, role-seekers and bystanders. Roles performed and reasons for not performing a desired role are traced and discussed. The research contributes to strategy research a viewpoint on the role that the social practice of strategy plays in the work of various organizational members. Through the exposition of social positions and performance categories, it deepens the understanding on why strategies succeed or fail in being enacted by individual organizational members. Furthermore, it allows a large group of organizational members to use voice in the discussion on strategy. The practical contribution of the research is associated with such issues as the communication of strategy, participation in the strategy process, as well as dissent and cynicism in the strategy process. en
dc.format.extent 201, [37]
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Helsinki University of Technology en
dc.publisher Teknillinen korkeakoulu fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Dissertation series / Helsinki University of Technology, Industrial Management and Work and Organisational Psychology en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2003 / 5 en
dc.subject.other Economics en
dc.subject.other Psychology en
dc.title Champion, citizen, cynic? : social positions in the strategy process en
dc.type G4 Monografiaväitöskirja fi
dc.description.version reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Industrial Engineering and Management en
dc.contributor.department Tuotantotalouden osasto fi
dc.subject.keyword strategy process en
dc.subject.keyword role theory en
dc.subject.keyword strategy implementation en
dc.identifier.urn urn:nbn:fi:tkk-000177
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (monografia) fi
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (monograph) en
dc.contributor.lab Laboratory of Work Psychology and Leadership en
dc.contributor.lab Työpsykologian ja johtamisen laboratorio fi

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