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Textual objects and strategizing : The influence of documents as active objects on strategic recursiveness

Blom, Martin LU and Lundgren, Mikael (2016) In Journal of Change Management 16(3). p.223-244
Abstract
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 strategyrelated
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... (More)
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 strategyrelated
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. (Less)
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Strategizing, strategy-as-practice, strategic change , recursiveness, sociomateriality
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Journal of Change Management
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16
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3
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223 - 244
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Routledge
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1469-7017
DOI
10.1080/14697017.2015.1120765
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English
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  abstract     = {In this paper, we explore the role of documents as influential objects<br/>in strategizing, especially in terms of how they influence strategic<br/>recursiveness. We do not restrict our study to explicitly strategyrelated<br/>documents (e.g. strategic plans and vision or mission<br/>statements), but include all documents that generally address a<br/>company’s long-term direction. By applying the notions of<br/>authoritative text and epistemic and technical objects, we argue<br/>that documents contribute to strategic recursiveness by<br/>legitimating certain courses of action, as well as delimiting future<br/>action and possibilities of strategic change, including for their<br/>original authors. Over time, this effect becomes self-enhancing as<br/>the text at hand is reproduced in new documents and thereby<br/>further diffused within and outside the organization. We thereby<br/>contribute both to current understandings of strategic<br/>recursiveness and to literature addressing sociomateriality and<br/>strategy.},
  author       = {Blom, Martin and Lundgren, Mikael},
  issn         = {1469-7017},
  keyword      = {Strategizing,strategy-as-practice,strategic change ,recursiveness,sociomateriality},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {06},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {223--244},
  publisher    = {ARRAY(0x4bb02a0)},
  series       = {Journal of Change Management},
  title        = {Textual objects and strategizing : The influence of documents as active objects on strategic recursiveness},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14697017.2015.1120765},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2016},
}