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Re-constructing strategists and strategic contexts: The Modern Corporation as the lived everyday experience of CEOs
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, ESOL (Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization, Leadership).
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Inspired by a constructivist approach to social science (Czarniawska 2003; Schwandt 1994, 2003) where constructs of strategists and strategic context are explicitly discussed, the main concern of this paper is to return to the research question: "What is it like inside a strategist‟s world?" which originally was suggested by Smircich & Stubbart (1985). Drawing on an interpretive study of the Modern Corporation as the lived everyday experiences of CEOs the purpose of this paper is to discuss a possible (re-)construction of both strategists and strategic contexts. Alfred Schutz (1967, 1973) claimed that interpretive social scientists should be engaged in processes of constructing sense of a second order out of the common sense thought objects of the first order engaging human beings in their everyday life. The interview study of 6 CEOs of companies listed on the Swedish Stock Exchange suggest that not only are the CEOs involved in projects aiming at constructing their companies in relation to a particular industry but they are also involved in ongoing projects of constructing their companies in relation to a context of ownership in a broad sense inhabited by various representatives of shareholders. A typicality of strategists involving both a context of industry and a context of ownership is constructed and these constructs involves a possible re-construction of both strategists and the context in which they are constituted. This paper ends with a discussion on how these findings can contribute to existing discussion of constructs of strategists and strategic contexts in the strategic management and governance literature.

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2011.
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strategists, strategic contexts, CEOs, Schutz
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-14689OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-14689DiVA: diva2:399435
Available from: 2011-02-22 Created: 2011-02-22

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