- Elgar original reference
Edited by Pietro Mazzola and Franz W. Kellermanns
Chapter 8: Making Strategy Work: A Literature Review on the Factors Influencing Strategy Implementation
8 Making strategy work: a literature review on the factors influencing strategy implementation* Li Yang, Guo-hui Sun and Martin J. Eppler INTRODUCTION Although formulating a consistent strategy is a difficult task for any management team, making that strategy work – implementing it throughout the organization – is even more challenging (Hrebiniak, 2006). Strategy implementation has received less systematic attention than one could expect, and it has been under-investigated in comparison with strategy formulation. As a dynamic, iterative and complex process, strategy implementation comprises a series of decisions and activities by managers and employees – affected by a number of interrelated internal and external factors – to turn strategic plans into reality in order to achieve strategic objectives. There are many factors that influence the success of strategy implementation, ranging from the people who communicate or implement the strategy to the systems or mechanisms in place for coordination and control. How can we better understand these issues and their importance for successful strategy implementation? In this article, we try to respond to this question by conducting an analysis in the most widely used literature databases to identify key factors influencing the process of strategy implementation, to surface current areas of agreement and disagreement, as well as missing evidence and resulting future research needs. Our study also examines the ways in which strategy implementation has been researched, in terms of the applied research methods and the examined strategy contexts. It will consequently also reveal under-exploited methods or contexts. The structure of this paper is as follows:...
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.