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How strategic planning practices evolve over time: longitudinal case study of a healthcare organization throughout its lifespan

Korin, Heidi, Seeck, Hannele and Liikamaa, Kirsi (2021) How strategic planning practices evolve over time: longitudinal case study of a healthcare organization throughout its lifespan. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2021 (1). ISSN 0065-0668

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Identification Number: 10.5465/AMBPP.2021.186

Abstract

The literature on strategy practice as a historically embedded phenomenon is scant. To fill this gap, this study expands the strategy-as-practice (SAP) literature by examining the meaning of historical embeddedness in the evolution of strategy practice. We draw on the framework of strategic planning as a social practice presented by Langley and Lusiani (2015) and the notion of modus operandi (Chia & Holt, 2006). We use a longitudinal case study design combined with historical methods to examine the evolving and historically embedded strategic planning practice of a healthcare organization throughout its lifespan. Our results show that historical embeddedness appears in structures and routines, materiality, positioning, and reflecting, representing an internalized way of acting. We show that reflection is essential for the evolution of strategy practice and contribute to theory development by demonstrating that strategic planning is a continuous development process and that, in this evolution, history provides continuity yet also facilitates the evolutionary process.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.aom.org/journal/amproc
Additional Information: © 2021 Academy of Management
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2023 17:12
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2024 04:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/118499

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