Involvement of implementers: missing element in strategy formulation

Involvement of implementers: missing element in strategy formulation Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to help top managers find ways of involving implementers of strategy at the strategic formulation level. Design/methodology/approach – The author has conducted research in organisations that have come up with strategic plans, identified how top managers fail to include implementers when formulating strategy, and advises them on how to avoid this trap. Findings – Grasping the real reason for involving implementers in strategy formulation for top managers may be a difficult task, though it is a fact that employees contribute better when they are involved in the planning stage. Practical implications – Methods are provided for top managers to follow when formulating strategy. Originality/value – This paper gives practical advice from situations in organisations and helps managers to involve all stakeholders holistically when formulating a strategy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Business Strategy Series Emerald Publishing

Involvement of implementers: missing element in strategy formulation

Business Strategy Series, Volume 12 (1): 5 – Jan 11, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1751-5637
D.O.I.
10.1108/17515631111100386
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to help top managers find ways of involving implementers of strategy at the strategic formulation level. Design/methodology/approach – The author has conducted research in organisations that have come up with strategic plans, identified how top managers fail to include implementers when formulating strategy, and advises them on how to avoid this trap. Findings – Grasping the real reason for involving implementers in strategy formulation for top managers may be a difficult task, though it is a fact that employees contribute better when they are involved in the planning stage. Practical implications – Methods are provided for top managers to follow when formulating strategy. Originality/value – This paper gives practical advice from situations in organisations and helps managers to involve all stakeholders holistically when formulating a strategy.

Journal

Business Strategy SeriesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 11, 2011

Keywords: Strategic planning; Employee involvement

References

  • The eclectic roots of strategy implementation research
    Noble, C.H.
  • Obstacles to strategy implementation in a nationalized industry
    Wernham, R.

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