Handbook of Research on Strategy Process
Show Less

Handbook of Research on Strategy Process

Edited by Pietro Mazzola and Franz W. Kellermanns

The Handbook of Research on Strategy Process reveals the current state of the art of strategy process research as a whole as well as emerging research initiatives. It also discusses managerial and organizational factors affecting strategy implementation.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 3: The Politics of Strategy Process

Duane Windsor


Duane Windsor Strategic management theory and practice concern managerial decision making within long-term objectives for the organization. The scope of topics falling within the discipline of strategic management is quite broad. Two distinct foci of research attention by organizational level exist. Macro strategy research emphasizes organization-level strategy content; micro strategy research emphasizes intra-organizational activity affecting strategy formulation, implementation and evaluation processes. The study of strategy content, concerning what managers decide to do, is dominated by economic conceptions. This macro-level research focuses on senior executives, boards of directors and unit heads. Strategy process, concerning how managers behave and units function at all levels of organizational structure, is dominated by psychological and sociological conceptions. Micro-level research extends attention to lower-level managers and small groups. Process research is studying practices and activities in detail as micro sources of or intra-organizational influences on strategy content. The process orientation, emphasizing micro-level practices and activities, has helped open the door for revitalization of systematic study of internal politics at both macro and micro levels of organizational decision making. (External politics concerns environment–organization interaction in the forms of business–government and external–stakeholder relations.) The role of internal politics is still a neglected, or at least under-explored, dimension of strategy process. There was a classic literature on organizational (i.e. internal) politics, but early attention tended to decline in relative importance as economic and psychological–sociological conceptions matured. Scholars and practitioners understand that organizational politics is ubiquitous in the two general forms of office politics (i.e. interpersonal...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.