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ORGANIZING OPEN STRATEGY THROUGH SPACE: PRACTICES AND INTERPLAY OF OPENNESS AND CLOSURE

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Organizations are increasingly engaging in open strategy initiatives. However, in order to reap the benefits of openness certain forms of closure might be necessary. Therefore managers need to find ways of organizing the open strategy process. In this study, we put forth the idea that by using ‘space,’ actors can organize interactions in distinctive ways. The use of space regulates the two critical dimensions of open strategy, namely ‘inclusiveness’ and ‘transparency.’ For example, by adjusting the space’s boundaries, actors can regulate who has access to the space and can, thus, observe what happens within the space, while adjusting the inner arrangements, in turn, regulates what is seen as acceptable participatory and sharing practices within the space. We draw on a longitudinal ethnographic case study and investigate how actors work across different spaces to advance open strategy initiatives. In particular, we ask: How do actors use space work to organize the open strategy process? We make two main contributions to the literature on open strategy. First, we identify the spatial organizing practices such as enclosing, arranging, reciprocal sharing, and concretizing that create different degrees of openness and closure within spaces. Second, we develop a model showing how the organizing of open strategy is achieved through the interplay of multiple spaces.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftLong Range Planning
ISSN0024-6301
StatusAfsendt - 22 maj 2021

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