Strategy-making through socialization: A case of family business wayfinding
2016 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Family business are known to rely on informal ways of working. For several decades now, also scholars have challenged conventional planning-approaches to strategy. Wayfinding has been introduced as an alternative that takes social practice seriously and focuses on strategy-making from activities unfolding in the everyday. Drawing on socialization theory and a real-time case study in a family business, I elaborate upon three socialization processes significant to better understand strategy-making as wayfinding: Strategy as embedded in daily practice; renewal when family members manage together; and strategy-making as an ordinary part of family business life. This paper thereby contributes by applying wayfinding thinking empirically and by adding socialization theory for further understanding of the unintentional and indirect aspects of strategy-making. By exploring organizational life in the family business of Karl Andersson & Söner, it is illustrated how strategy and succession is ongoing and embedded in daily routines and unfolding without planning.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
family business, stratgy practice, socialization, wayfinding, case study
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31043OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-31043DiVA: diva2:946118
The European Academy of Management (EURAM) 2016 June 1-4, Paris, France