Collaborative open strategic planning: a method and case study

Alireza Amrollahi*, Bruce Rowlands

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to show how collaborative information technology (IT) tools and a crowdsourcing model can be leveraged for the purpose of strategic planning. To achieve this objective, a formal method of open strategic planning (OSP) is proposed.

Design/methodology/approach: Based on a review of the literature a set of activities, stakeholders, and governing rules are identified in the form of an OSP method. The proposed planning method is implemented in a case study of strategic planning in an Australian university. Observations by the research team, and archival records were used to ascertain the relevance of the used method.

Findings: A method for OSP is presented and assessed. The method contains four phases: pre-planning, idea submission, idea refinement, and plan development. These phases cover the activities required from conceptualization to preparing and publishing the strategic plan. The findings clarify how the principles of OSP helped the organization to include more stakeholders and provided the opportunity to make the planning process transparent through use of a collaborative IT tool. 

Practical implications: The study provides managers and planning consultants with detailed guidelines to implement the concept of open strategy.

Originality/value: This study is among the few to propose a method for OSP based on empirical research. The study also shows how collaborative IT tools can be used for high-level organizational tasks such as strategic planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)832-852
Number of pages21
JournalInformation Technology and People
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Case study
  • Collaboration
  • Open innovation
  • Strategy


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