The importance of building strategic intent for Finland and the discursive practices to pursue it - A critical discourse analysis of Finnish Government Programmes

dc.contributorAalto-yliopistofi
dc.contributorAalto Universityen
dc.contributor.authorLehmuskoski, Jemina
dc.contributor.departmentJohtamisen laitosfi
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Management Studiesen
dc.contributor.schoolKauppakorkeakoulufi
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Businessen
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-04T13:21:18Z
dc.date.available2015-11-04T13:21:18Z
dc.date.dateaccepted2015-06-10
dc.date.issued2015
dc.description.abstractThe main objectives of this thesis are to validate the importance of creating strategic intent for the public sector and to investigate the discursive practices by which this intent can be built. As a multidisciplinary study combining literature from various fields of science, the aim is to also suggest connections between existing knowledge from different disciplines. A rather elaborate context review is constructed in order to carry this out: the narrative runs from the ultimate aim of pursuing sustainability to dealing with wicked problems by managing transitions. Transition visions are contrasted with the concept of strategic intent, leading back to the main research questions. The empirical study is constructed in two parts. The first method used is an online questionnaire that was submitted to public sector employees across organizations. Its aim is to validate the importance of building strategic intent in the context of Finnish governance. The second method used is critical discourse analysis, where the Government Programmes of Finland are explored in connection to the key discourses of building strategic intent. The study results suggest that while building strategic intent for Finland is a pressing and important issue, the Government Programmes fail to use discursive practices to support this. Discourses of creating strategic intent should be considered as guidelines for communication in matters related to strategy in the public sector. These discourses should be paid special attention to in the preparation of Government Programmes, as their role as the overarching strategy document of the whole of nation is rather unique.en
dc.ethesisid14092
dc.format.extent121
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttps://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/18418
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:fi:aalto-201511054989
dc.language.isoenen
dc.locationP1 I
dc.programme.majorInternational Design Business Management (IDBM)en
dc.programme.majorInternational Design Business Management (IDBM)fi
dc.subject.heleconjulkinen hallinto
dc.subject.heleconpublic administration
dc.subject.heleconpolitiikka
dc.subject.heleconpolitics
dc.subject.heleconjohtaminen
dc.subject.heleconmanagement
dc.subject.heleconstrategia
dc.subject.heleconstrategy
dc.subject.keywordwicked problems
dc.subject.keywordpublic governance
dc.subject.keywordtransition management
dc.subject.keywordstrategic intent
dc.subject.keywordstrategy-as-practice
dc.subject.keywordcritical discourse analysis
dc.titleThe importance of building strategic intent for Finland and the discursive practices to pursue it - A critical discourse analysis of Finnish Government Programmesen
dc.typeG2 Pro gradu, diplomityöfi
dc.type.dcmitypetexten
dc.type.ontasotMaster's thesisen
dc.type.ontasotPro gradu tutkielmafi
local.aalto.idthes14092
local.aalto.openaccessyes
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