Adopting Openness with Closed Eyes: Mobilizing Participation in Agile-based Open Strategy Processes

Iben Sandal Stjerne, Joana Geraldi, Matthias Wenzel

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Lured by potentials to induce organizational flexibility, Agile methods have been opening up organizations’ strategy processes to broader internal and external actors. While prior literature on open strategy focuses attention on the ‘giving’ of participation in the strategy process, it largely takes the ‘taking’ of participation for granted, as if the prospects of participating would be attractive enough for actors to participate. Our paper extends this literature by denaturalizing participation in the strategy process as an accomplishment that must be effortfully invoked. Based on an in-depth study of the adoption of Agile in the strategy process of a large bureaucratic firm, we identify four bundles of practices through which actors mobilize, but also abstain from participation in open strategy. Thereby, our study extends beyond interests in Agile as a seemingly innocent method for spurring flexibility by conceptualizing it as an organizing form that builds on ‘openness’ as an organizing principle."
TitelProceedings of the Eightieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
RedaktørerGuclu Atinc
Antal sider1
UdgivelsesstedBriarcliff Manor, NY
ForlagAcademy of Management
StatusUdgivet - 2020
BegivenhedThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020: Broadening Our Sight - Virtual
Varighed: 7 aug. 202011 aug. 2020
Konferencens nummer: 80


KonferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020
NavnAcademy of Management Proceedings