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Doubt and deliberation: Making strategy in ontario’s food bank system

Doubt and deliberation: Making strategy in ontario’s food bank system Deliberation may be used by organizations or networks of organizations to manage the moral and technical uncertainties that are associated with threshold strategies - that is, strategies whose superiority over alternatives is unclear. Much academic literature underestimates the importance of deliberation, largely because of its reliance on paradigms that view organizational life as though it were mechanistic or game-like. A new heuristic, based on the metaphor of organizations as assemblies, is proposed. The experience of Ontario's food bank community is used to illustrate how deliberation is used to manage threshold strategies. The paper discusses some difficulties in promoting deliberation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior Emerald Publishing

Doubt and deliberation: Making strategy in ontario’s food bank system

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1093-4537
DOI
10.1108/IJOTB-03-03-04-2000-B009
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Abstract

Deliberation may be used by organizations or networks of organizations to manage the moral and technical uncertainties that are associated with threshold strategies - that is, strategies whose superiority over alternatives is unclear. Much academic literature underestimates the importance of deliberation, largely because of its reliance on paradigms that view organizational life as though it were mechanistic or game-like. A new heuristic, based on the metaphor of organizations as assemblies, is proposed. The experience of Ontario's food bank community is used to illustrate how deliberation is used to manage threshold strategies. The paper discusses some difficulties in promoting deliberation.

Journal

International Journal of Organization Theory & BehaviorEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 2000

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