The Role of Middle Management in the Strategy Process: Group Affiliation, Structural Holes, and Tertius Iungens

Journal of Management, 2009

Posted: 18 Aug 2013

See all articles by Weilei (Stone) Shi

Weilei (Stone) Shi

City University of New York - Narendra Paul Loomba Department of Management

Lívia Markóczy

University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management

Gregory G. Dess

University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management

Date Written: August 16, 2009

Abstract

This study explores the relationship between eight distinct brokerage roles of middle managers and their involvement in achieving different strategic goals. The authors argue that each role contributes to different aspects of middle managers’ strategic goals and that some roles are more likely to realize brokerage advantages than others. They further suggest that bridging structural holes may not be an optimal strategy in all situations. Important implications of their model are discussed and several future research directions are proposed.

Keywords: group affiliation, middle management, strategy process, structural holes, tertius iungens

Suggested Citation

Shi, Weilei (Stone) and Markóczy, Lívia and Dess, Gregory G., The Role of Middle Management in the Strategy Process: Group Affiliation, Structural Holes, and Tertius Iungens (August 16, 2009). Journal of Management, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2311416

Weilei (Stone) Shi (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Narendra Paul Loomba Department of Management ( email )

NY
United States

Lívia Markóczy

University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management ( email )

P.O. Box 830688
Richardson, TX 75083-0688
United States

Gregory G. Dess

University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management ( email )

P.O. Box 830688
Richardson, TX 75083-0688
United States
(972) 883-4439 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://som.utdallas.edu/faculty/faculty_dess.htm

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
267
PlumX Metrics