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This is a wiki site for the Strategic Management Society (SMS) Strategy Practice Interest Group. Scroll down to read more about this wiki or how to use it. If you already know what you want, just choose from the sidebar menu on the right.



The Strategy Practice Interest Group unites both scholars interested in practice research and practitioners. The group views strategy as something that people do and not that organizations have. It focuses on the doing of strategy. It is interested in all the activities, methods and tools that are employed in the doing of strategy and how the ‘strategy work’ is linked to organizational outcomes and to the broader institutional and societal environment strategy practitioners operate in.


Some of the research questions of interest to the Strategy Practice group include:


  • What does ‘strategy work’ involve? Who is involved in the doing of strategy?
  • What impact do strategizing activities have on firm performance?
  • How do individual strategists and their teams shape strategy and firm performance? What is their role in the development and leverage of firm’s resources, capabilities and processes?
  • What is the role of discourse, cognition and emotion in the doing of strategy? How do the discursive, cognitive and emotional aspects of strategists’ actions influence firm outcomes?
  • What are the skills required to perform strategy work and how are these skills acquired?
  • What are the micro foundations of the activities involved in the doing of strategy?
  • How are strategic problems identified and conceptualized?
  • What tools do strategy practitioners employ and with what effect?
  • How is the communication of strategy taking place within and across organizations? How are the outcomes of this communication consumed by strategists and non-strategists?
  • How do external strategy stakeholders (such as consultants, government agencies, professional societies) influence strategy practice?
  • How does the macro environment impact on the doing of strategy and vice versa?
  • What are the implications of conceptualizing strategy as a situated social activity?
  • How can theorizing inform managerial practice? How can insights from practitioners help scholars develop more relevant theories? How can engaged scholarship help extend strategy theory?
  • How can we better leverage on a multi-disciplinary approach to inform and advance the strategy practice agenda?
  • How can we conceptualize and study strategy as a profession? What is the contribution of strategy as a profession to society and how can this contribution be improved?



What is a wiki?

A wiki is a collaborative website which can be directly edited by anyone with access to it. In other words, you are able to share information here. Wiki is often described as "the simplest online database that could possibly work". The Strategy Practice wiki is a website where everybody at the Strategic Management Society's Strategy Practice Interest Group can collaboratively edit and share information that they find important for the future of the practice of strategy.  Simply, this is an electronic bulletin board for our community (ABCs: academics/researchers, business managers/practitioners and consultants).  The comments, questions, answers and information that you share in this wiki are used to create a shared vision of our members and keep the discussion going in the months between the SMS annual conferences.



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