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Textual objects and strategizing: the influence of documents as active objects on strategic recursiveness
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
Lund University.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Change Management, ISSN 1469-7017, E-ISSN 1479-1811, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 223-244Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we explore the role of documents as influential objects in strategizing, especially in terms of how they influence strategic recursiveness. We do not restrict our study to explicitly strategy-related documents (e.g. strategic plans and vision or mission statements), but include all documents that generally address a company's long-term direction. By applying the notions of authoritative text and epistemic and technical objects, we argue that documents contribute to strategic recursiveness by legitimating certain courses of action, as well as delimiting future action and possibilities of strategic change, including for their original authors. Over time, this effect becomes self-enhancing as the text at hand is reproduced in new documents and thereby further diffused within and outside the organization. We thereby contribute both to current understandings of strategic recursiveness and to literature addressing sociomateriality and strategy.

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Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 16, no 3, p. 223-244
Keywords [en]
Strategizing, Strategy-as-practice, Strategic change, Recursiveness, Sociomateriality
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Business Administration
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Economy, Organisation theory; Economy, Business administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54276DOI: 10.1080/14697017.2015.1120765ISI: 000391034000004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84949761227OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-54276DiVA, id: diva2:943275
Available from: 2016-06-27 Created: 2016-06-27 Last updated: 2018-04-17Bibliographically approved

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