Zones of participation (and non-participation) in open strategy: Desirable, actual and undesirable

M@n@gement, vol. 21(1): 646-666, https://doi.org/10.3917/mana.211.0646

The University of Auckland Business School Research Paper Series

Posted: 18 Oct 2021

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Peter Smith

University of Auckland Business School

Lisa J Callagher

University of Auckland Business School

Jessica Crewe-Brown

University of Auckland Business School

Frank Siedlok

University of Auckland Business School

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

This paper shows how strategic initiatives in the context of well-established open strategy processes at two producer co-operatives reveal four tensions related to inclusion and transparency at the level of both the firm and the individual actor. We derive a “zones of participation” model that shows how tensions created by the interplay of the content, process and context of strategy cause actors to participate (or not participate) in open strategy formulation and implementation. We address theoretical and practical implications regarding the open strategy content, process, and context interplay, including a range of management tactics required in different participation zones.

Full paper available at https://doi.org/10.3917/mana.211.0646

Keywords: Open strategy, inclusion, exclusion, transparency, opacity

Suggested Citation

Smith, Peter and Callagher, Lisa J and Crewe-Brown, Jessica and Siedlok, Frank, Zones of participation (and non-participation) in open strategy: Desirable, actual and undesirable (2018). M@n@gement, vol. 21(1): 646-666, https://doi.org/10.3917/mana.211.0646, The University of Auckland Business School Research Paper Series, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3944490

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Lisa J Callagher

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Jessica Crewe-Brown

University of Auckland Business School ( email )

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Private Bag 92019
Auckland, 1010
New Zealand

Frank Siedlok

University of Auckland Business School ( email )

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Private Bag 92019
Auckland, 1010
New Zealand

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