Off to plan or out to lunch?:relationships between design characteristics and outcomes of strategy workshops

Healey, Mark P. and Hodgkinson, Gerard P. and Whittington, Richard and Johnson, Gerry (2015) Off to plan or out to lunch?:relationships between design characteristics and outcomes of strategy workshops. British Journal of Management, 26 (3). pp. 507-528. ISSN 1467-8551

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Abstract

Strategy workshops, also known as away days, strategy retreats and strategic ‘off-sites’, have become widespread in organizations. However, there is a shortage of theory and evidence concerning the outcomes of these events and the factors that contribute to their effectiveness. Adopting a design science approach, in this paper we propose and test a multidimensional model that differentiates the effects of strategy workshops in terms of organizational, interpersonal and cognitive outcomes. Analysing survey data on over 650 workshops, we demonstrate that varying combinations of four basic design characteristics – clarity of goals and purpose, routinization, stakeholder involvement and cognitive effort – predict differentially these three distinct types of outcomes. Calling into question conventional wisdom on the design of workshops, we discuss the implications of our findings for integrating further the strategy process, strategy-as-practice and strategic cognition literatures, to enrich understanding of the factors that shape the nature and influence of contemporary strategic planning activities more generally.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1400/1405
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ID Code: 82687
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2016 09:22
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2020 09:07
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/82687

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