Identity and Strategy

Identity and Strategy

How Individual Visions Enable the Design of a Market Strategy that Works

Olaf G. Rughase

This groundbreaking book explores the relationship between organizational identity and strategy and proposes a practical strategy making process that helps to avoid the typical pitfalls in strategic change processes. In doing so, the author bridges an important gap in management and strategy literature and explains how to practically link content and process when designing market strategies. A new conceptual framework is also presented which emphasizes the importance and dynamics of organizational identity and corresponding time discrepancies for strategy making.

Chapter 6: Designed Strategy Making in Practice: A Case Study

Olaf G. Rughase

Subjects: business and management, organisation studies, strategic management


The previous chapter proposed a first rough design of a strategy making process and called for a more detailed process design in order to cover operational actions that are key in practical strategy making. Table 5.1 has already presented the proposal of a more detailed strategy making design. The following case study will now illustrate this process design in practice, showing how it was used to craft a creative market strategy that was desired and attainable in the eyes of organizational members. Next to this illustrating purpose, it is the function of this case study to validate the feasibility of the strategy making design proposed in Chapter 5. It should be noted that in the case study practical strategy making is understood as a group process being held in facilitator-guided workshops. Facilitation in these group workshops applied the participation principle and used widely available equipment, such as flip-charts, display walls, different paper cards (ovals, discs, and so on), colored pens, colored stickers/dots, and occasionally a video camera. As a back up, and to provide a pictorial record and reminder of the strategy making process for workshop participants, photographs were taken of the flip-charts and display walls (see Bryson, 1995, p. 95). This particular case study refers to an important part of a private company that was, at the time, threatened by critical customer feedback as well as by other environmental (industry) developments. The name ‘Retailer Services Ltd’ shall be used to protect the true identity of the company that...

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