TITLE

STRATEGY FORMULATION AS A HISTORICAL PROCESS

AUTHOR(S)
Mintzberg, Henry
PUB. DATE
June 1977
SOURCE
International Studies of Management & Organization;Summer77, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p28
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on strategic business planning and decision making. Strategy is generally defined, whether in game, military, or management theory, as a deliberate, conscious set of guidelines developed in advance of the specific decisions to which they apply. In common terminology, a strategy is a plan. Such a definition is both incomplete for the organization and non-operational for the researcher. It conceals from both of them one side of decisional behavior in organizations that most observers would consider strategic. Research on strategy formation (not necessarily formulation) focuses on a tangible phenomenon--the decision stream; and strategies become observed patterns in such streams. Of course, this definition can lead the researcher to perceive a strategy (a pattern) where members of the organization do not (or at least they are not fully cognizant of it), and it requires that the researcher reject as a strategy any claim to one made by a manager until that claim is manifested in a patterned stream of specific decisions.
ACCESSION #
5815355

 

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