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Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice

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Damon Golsorkhi, Linda Rouleau, David Seidl, Eero Vaara, Wanda Orlikowski, Robert Chia, Andreas Rasche, Haridimos Tsoukas, Simon Grand, Johannes Rüegg-Stürm, Widar von Arx, Karen Golden-Biddle, Jason Azuma, Ann Langley, Richard Whittington, Paula Jarzabkowski, Saku Mantere, Marie-Léandre Gomez, Florence Allard-Poesi, Valérie-Inés de La Ville, Eléonore Mounoud, Anne Sigismund Huff, Anne-Katrin Neyer, Kathrin Möslein, Eero Vaara, Dalvir Samra-Fredericks, Phyl Johnson, Julia Balogun, Nic Beech, Linda Rouleau, Gerry Johnson, Stuart Smith, Brian Codling, Robert MacIntosh, Donald MacLean, Pikka-Maaria Laine, Mona Ericson, Leif Melin
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  • Date Published: October 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521517287

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  • The Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice provides the first comprehensive overview of an emerging and growing stream of research in strategic management. An international team of scholars has been assembled to produce a systematic introduction to the various epistemological, methodological and theoretical aspects of the strategy-as-practice approach. This perspective explores and explains the contribution that strategizing makes to daily operations at all levels of an organization. Moving away from a disembodied and asocial study of firm assets, technologies and practices, the strategy-as-practice approach breaks down many of the traditional paradigmatic boundaries in strategy to investigate who the strategists are, what strategists do, how they do it, and what the consequences or outcomes of their actions are. Including a number of detailed empirical studies, the handbook will be an essential guide for future research in this vibrant field.

    • First comprehensive overview of the strategy-as-practice field
    • Provides systematic coverage of a growing stream in strategy research
    • Includes both detailed empirical studies and new methodological approaches
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    “I enjoyed reading this book. Its various well-written contributions offer rich connections between strategy as praxis (in the original sense of ‘doing’) and several major modern anthropological, sociological and philosophical theories. For years to come, it will form a valuable intellectual substratum from which truly novel and unexpected research ideas will emerge.”
    Robert A. Burgelman, Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and author of Strategy is Destiny: How Strategy-Making Shapes a Company’s Future (2002)

    “The Cambridge Handbook of Strategy-as-Practice is a significant addition to the growing literature on strategy-as-practice that both consolidates and builds the field. It provides a history and overview and discussion of issues within the field while keeping the boundaries open. The ontological and epistemological contributions deepen the theoretical grounding without constraining it by efforts to create a unified theory. The new case material is exciting and rich. This is a book people will use!”
    Martha Feldman, Professor of Social Ecology, Political Science, Business and Sociology, and Johnson Chair for Civic Governance and Public Management, University of California, Irvine

    “The strategy-as-practice perspective, primarily championed by European scholars, burst upon the intellectual scene only recently but it is already redefining the landscape of strategic management. It is also furthering the long overdue rapprochement between strategic management and organization theory. This handbook provides an excellent and thoughtful reflection upon this new and refreshing perspective and convincingly outlines both its achievements to date as well as its considerable potential. It should become an essential read.”
    Royston Greenwood, Associate Dean (Research) and Telus Professor of Strategic Management, University of Alberta School of Business

    “This is an important handbook that will give management scholars an enlightened understanding of the nature and reach of strategy-as-practice as an important new subfield in strategic management research, its intellectual roots and methodological orientations, and its future research directions.”
    Notably, strategy-as-practice promises to enrich the extant strategy literature with European schools of thought that shed new lights on the micro structuring actions of various agents involved in strategy making and how these actions produce macro consequences at the organizational and societal levels.”
    Quy Huy, Associate Professor of Strategy and Coordinator of the Strategy Area, INSEAD

    “This edited volume is an impressive collection of insightful work. Perhaps it is, for some of its contributors, a labour of love. A diverse set of scholars from across disciplinary and geographical boundaries have joined hands and come up with something unique. This book demonstrates the state of the art and intellectual scope of people who seek to approach strategic management and strategy work in organizations through alternative perspectives that can be broadly placed under the banner of ‘Strategy As Practice’, or S-A-P for short. The book is clearly also a political statement. It takes stock of contributions in an emerging and increasingly influential body of knowledge. It also provides answers to criticisms that its theoretical underpinnings have provoked among scholars who are not so convinced about its novelty and/or value added. In brief, this book was conceived for a reason, and should be cherished as such.” -Janne Tienari, Aalto University, Organization

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521517287
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

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    List of contributors
    Introduction: What is strategy-as-practice? Damon Golsorkhi, Linda Rouleau, David Seidl and Eero Vaara
    Part I. Epistemological Streams:
    1. Practice in research: phenomenon, perspective and philosophy Wanda Orlikowski
    2. Epistemological alternatives for researching strategy-as-practice: building and dwelling worldviews Robert Chia and Andreas Rasche
    3. Practice, strategy making and intentionality: a Heideggerian onto-epistemology for strategy-as-practice Haridimos Tsoukas
    4. Constructivist epistemologies in strategy-as-practice research Simon Grand, Johannes Rüegg-Stürm and Widar von Arx
    5. Constructing contribution in 'strategy-as-practice' research Karen Golden-Biddle and Jason Azuma
    6. The challenge of developing cumulative knowledge about strategy-as-practice Ann Langley
    Part II. Theoretical Directions:
    7. Giddens, structuration theory and strategy-as-practice Richard Whittington
    8. An activity-theory approach to strategy-as-practice Paula Jarzabkowski
    9. A Wittgensteinian perspective on strategizing Saku Mantere
    10. A Bourdieusian perspective on strategizing Marie-Léandre Gomez
    11. A Foucauldian perspective on strategic practice: strategy as the art of (un)folding Florence Allard-Poesi
    12. A narrative approach to strategy-as-practice: strategy-making from texts and narratives Valérie-Inés de La Ville and Eléonore Mounoud
    Part III. Methodological Tracks:
    13. Broader methods to support new insights into strategizing Anne Sigismund Huff, Anne-Katrin Neyer and Kathrin Möslein
    14. Critical discourse analysis as methodology in strategy-as-practice research Eero Vaara
    15. Researching everyday practice: the ethnomethodological contribution Dalvir Samra-Fredericks
    16. Researching strategists and their identity in practice: building close-with relationships Phyl Johnson, Julia Balogun and Nic Beech
    17. Studying strategizing through narratives of practice Linda Rouleau
    Part IV. Application Variations:
    18. Institutional change and strategic agency: an empirical analysis of managers' experimentation with routines in strategic decision-making Gerry Johnson, Stuart Smith and Brian Codling
    19. Unpacking the effectivity paradox of strategy workshops: do strategy workshops produce strategic change? Robert MacIntosh, Donald MacLean and David Seidl
    20. Struggling over subjectivity: a critical discourse analysis of strategic development Pikka-Maaria Laine and Eero Vaara
    21. Strategizing and history Mona Ericson and Leif Melin
    Index.

  • Editors

    Damon Golsorkhi, Rouen Business School
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    Linda Rouleau, HEC Montréal
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    David Seidl, Universität Zürich
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    Eero Vaara, Svenska Handelshögskolan, Helsinki
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    Contributors

    Damon Golsorkhi, Linda Rouleau, David Seidl, Eero Vaara, Wanda Orlikowski, Robert Chia, Andreas Rasche, Haridimos Tsoukas, Simon Grand, Johannes Rüegg-Stürm, Widar von Arx, Karen Golden-Biddle, Jason Azuma, Ann Langley, Richard Whittington, Paula Jarzabkowski, Saku Mantere, Marie-Léandre Gomez, Florence Allard-Poesi, Valérie-Inés de La Ville, Eléonore Mounoud, Anne Sigismund Huff, Anne-Katrin Neyer, Kathrin Möslein, Eero Vaara, Dalvir Samra-Fredericks, Phyl Johnson, Julia Balogun, Nic Beech, Linda Rouleau, Gerry Johnson, Stuart Smith, Brian Codling, Robert MacIntosh, Donald MacLean, Pikka-Maaria Laine, Mona Ericson, Leif Melin

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