Quotation Kornberger, Martin, Clegg, Stewart. 2011. Strategy as performative practice: The case of Sydney 2030. Strategic Organization. 9 (2), 136-162.


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This article focuses on the relation between strategy-as-practice and its power effects in the context of a strategy project (Sustainable Sydney 2030) undertaken by the City of Sydney. The following three interrelated questions guided the enquiry: How is strategy practised? What knowledge is it based upon? And what are its power effects? Based on a detailed empirical analysis of the strategy-making process, the article charts how strategy rendered the city knowable and how performative effects of strategizing mobilized the public and legitimized outcomes of the process while silencing other voices. The article’s theoretical contribution is threefold: first, it shows that strategizing is performative, constituting its subjects and shaping its objects; second, that strategizing has to be understood as aesthetic performance whose power resides in the simultaneous representation of facts (traditionally the domain of science) and values (the realm of politics); third, and consequently, that strategy is a sociopolitical practice that aims at mobilizing people, marshalling political will and legitimizing decisions. The article concludes with reflections on five practical implications of the study.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Strategic Organization
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Strategy as performative practice: The case of Sydney 2030
Volume 9
Number 2
Year 2011
Page from 136
Page to 162
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177%2F1476127011407758
Open Access Y
Open Access Link http://dx.doi.org/10.1177%2F1476127011407758

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Urban Strategies of Lifestyle Cities
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Kornberger, Martin (Details)
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Clegg, Stewart (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)
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Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance FI (Details)
Urban Management and Governance (Meyer) (Details)
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
Institute for Organization Studies IN (Details)
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