Quotation Kornberger, Martin, Vaara, Eero. 2021. Strategy as engagement: What organization strategy can learn from military strategy. Long Range Planning.




Strategy process and practice research has illuminated the internal dynamics of strategy work – at the cost of backgrounding processes and practices that relate to engagement with external actors. In this conceptual paper, we argue for an extension of this body of work by shifting the focus of research from internal practices and processes towards externally oriented practices of engagement. We do so by critically building on the military strategy literature and develop the concept of strategy as engagement. This concept suggests understanding the role of strategy as bridge between policy and tactics; the importance of grand strategy as the making of policy; and the need to focus attention on tactics as distributed collective action. Thus, we contribute to strategy process and practice research through 1) extending its repertoire to practices of engagement and 2) broadening its epistemic foundation through a critical reading of military strategy.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Long Range Planning
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Strategy as engagement: What organization strategy can learn from military strategy
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lrp.2021.102125
Open Access N


Kornberger, Martin (Details)
Vaara, Eero (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance FI (Details)
Institute for Organization Studies IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5910 Military strategic research (Details)
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