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The digital work of strategists: Using open strategy for organizational transformation

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posted on 18.02.2020, 13:38 by Josh Morton, Alex WilsonAlex Wilson, Louise Cooke
Recent years have seen heightened interest in how information technologies (IT) are changing the nature of work in strategy and in the work of strategists. This paper highlights four ‘modes of open strategizing’ which represent the digital work activities of strategists, who in our case are top managers involved in developing and implementing a new five-year strategy at a large professional association. Top managers adopted an open strategy approach and included their organizational community in shaping a future direction for the professional association. Whilst IT-enabled openness in strategy has received significant interest recently, few studies have focused on the specific (digital) work practices of strategists and subsequently connected this to notable outcomes such as organizational transformation. We therefore respond to this by connecting the four outlined modes we identify to show realized strategic outcomes of digital work and how it can transform organizations.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

The Journal of Strategic Information Systems

Volume

29

Issue

2

Pages

101613

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier B.V.

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal The Journal of Strategic Information Systems and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsis.2020.101613.

Acceptance date

17/02/2020

Publication date

2020-06-07

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0963-8687

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Alex Wilson Deposit date: 17 February 2020

Article number

101613