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Strategic Leadership:The effortful accomplishment of valuing practices

Iszatt-White, Marian (2010) Strategic Leadership:The effortful accomplishment of valuing practices. Leadership, 6 (4). pp. 409-424. ISSN 1742-7150

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Abstract

Based on an ethnomethodologically informed ethnography of further education college principals, this paper explores the nature and accomplishment of strategic leadership work as an ongoing, processual activity. In particular, the paper focuses on the ‘pre-implementation’ phase of the strategizing process, and suggests how the practices of clarifying, rehearsing, upholding, adapting and elaborating are integral to maintaining the spirit of the strategy in the face of unforeseen events. In so doing, it adopts the notion of strategy as a ‘perennially unfinished project’ (Knights and Mueller, 2004: 55), and explicates the constant need for improvisation and adjustment in order to successfully implement, not the letter of a strategic plan, but its intent. It also echoes Suchman’s seminal thesis on plans as ‘resources for situated action [that] do not in any strong sense determine its course’ (Suchman, 1987: 52).

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Leadership
Uncontrolled Keywords: strategic leadership ; strategy-as-practice ; situated practice ; ethnomethodology ; pre-implementation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Development Division (MDD)
ID Code: 58760
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 02 Oct 2012 11:12
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2012 11:12
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58760

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