How Boards Strategise: A Strategy as Practice View

Long Range Planning, Forthcoming

24 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2009

See all articles by Kevin P. Hendry

Kevin P. Hendry

University of Queensland - Business School

Geoffrey C. Kiel

University of Notre Dame Australia - School of Business

Gavin J. Nicholson

Queensland University of Technology - QUT Business School

Date Written: November 8, 2009

Abstract

While board involvement in strategy is seen as increasingly important, our understanding of how boards fulfil this role is limited. This article draws on indepth qualitative research with directors and senior managers to develop a Strategy as Practice view on how boards ‘‘do’’ strategy. Two different but complementary strategising practices; Procedural Strategising and Interactive Strategising, are identified and elaborated in terms of their underlying micro-activities. The internal boardroom factors that affect the relative emphasis on these strategising practices e the strategic stance of the board, board power and the perceived legitimacy of each practice are also identified and discussed. These findings are then integrated into a typology of board strategising. A key implication of this paper is that boards need to consciously choose the nature and extent of their involvement in strategy.

Keywords: boards, strategy, practice

JEL Classification: G3

Suggested Citation

Hendry, Kevin Patrick and Kiel, Geoffrey C. and Nicholson, Gavin J., How Boards Strategise: A Strategy as Practice View (November 8, 2009). Long Range Planning, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1502105

Kevin Patrick Hendry (Contact Author)

University of Queensland - Business School ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Geoffrey C. Kiel

University of Notre Dame Australia - School of Business ( email )

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Fremantle, WA 6959
Australia
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+61 8 9433 0640 (Fax)

Gavin J. Nicholson

Queensland University of Technology - QUT Business School ( email )

GPO Box 2434
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Australia

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