OSPM: A design methodology for open strategic planning

Alireza Amrollahi*, Bruce Rowlands

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study employs a design science perspective to propose a methodology for open strategic planning (OSP). Habermas’ discourse theory and Bryson's strategy change cycle are used as informing kernel theories. A methodology is proposed to satisfy the requirements retrieved from the kernel theories. The proposed methodology contains modules for a planning system and a planning process. Design principles are explained through a blueprint of the system and process. The proposed methodology is applied and evaluated in two cases. Contributions to the literature involve extending the literature on OSP to an applicable methodology with guidelines on how to implement open strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)667-685
Number of pages19
JournalInformation and Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Design science research method
  • Open strategy
  • Planning process
  • Planning system
  • Strategic planning


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