Does opening strategy in organizations lead to effectiveness and success

Alireza Amrollahi, Sahar Najafikhah, Josh Morton, Hessamoddin Sarooghi

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Despite recent attention in information systems and strategy research considering inclusiveness, transparency, and use of IT tools in strategy formulation (also known as open strategy), the effectiveness of these principles has not been empirically studied in the literature. This research gap is even more prominent when we consider distinct positives and drawbacks of an open strategy approach when synthesising extant literature. This research in progress outlines a macro-level approach to further exploring this highlighted gap in our understanding. Here, research constructs are described and logically positioned within the literature and then, using existing studies from various fields, a
number of items to measure each construct are presented. These items are proposed to consider various aspects of open strategy principles (i.e. internal and external, inclusive and transparent). Further, and based on the available literature on openness in strategy, we identify several points to facilitate
measuring the open strategy phenomenon. The paper also briefly presents initial findings and an agenda for future steps in relation to data collection and analysis as this research-in-progress moves forward. The paper concludes by remarking intended contributions and potential implications of the study for both practice and research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECIS 2019
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 27th European Conference on Information Systems
PublisherAIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781733632508
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event27th European Conference on Information Systems - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 8 Jun 201914 Feb 2020
Conference number: 2019


Conference27th European Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleECIS
Internet address


  • Open Strategy
  • Effectiveness
  • Transparency
  • Inclusion
  • Information Technology


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