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Sven Kunisch

Time in Strategic Change Research

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  • Sven Kunisch
  • Jean M. Bartunek, Boston College
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  • Johanna Mueller, Universitat St. Gallen
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  • Quy Nguyen Huy, INSEAD Europe, McGill University

In ever-changing environments, strategic change manifests as a crucial concern for firms and is thus central to the fields of management and strategy. Common and foundational to all strategic change research is time—whether recognized in the extant studies or not. In this article, we critically review the existing body of knowledge through a time lens. We organize this review along (1) conceptions of time in strategic change, (2) time and strategic change activities, and (3) time and strategic change agents. This approach facilitates our assessment of what scholars do and do not know about strategic change, especially its temporal components. Our review has particularly revealed a need to advance scholarly understanding about the processual dynamics of strategic change. We thus extend our assessment by proposing six pathways for advancing future research on strategic change that aim at fostering an understanding of its processual dynamics: (1) temporality, (2) actors, (3) emotionality, (4) tools and practices, (5) complexity, and (6) tensions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademy of Management Annals
Pages (from-to)1005-1064
Number of pages60
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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