The Impact of IT-enabled openness for effective strategy-making

Alireza Amrollahi, Sahar Najafikhah, Josh Morton, Hessamoddin Sarooghi

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Despite recent attention on IT-enabled inclusiveness and transparency in organisational strategy-making (so-called ‘open strategy’), the effectiveness of these principles has not been empirically studied. The specific impact of using information technologies (IT), in addition to pertinent cultural dimensions of firms, on effective strategy-making remains unexplored. Such research gaps are even more prominent when we consider distinct benefits and drawbacks, which we can consider as being outcomes, of an open strategy approach in the extant literature. This study uses a case-based, macro-level approach to explore this outlined lacuna. Data on different degrees of openness, use of IT in strategy-making, and the existence of an open culture in cases of strategy have been analysed in this study using a set-theoretic approach and fsQCA technique. The findings show that inclusiveness in strategy-making and use of IT have a central role in the effectiveness of strategy in firms. In addition, we find transparency to be a core condition in strategy-making and its absence leads to the likely failure of strategy. The paper discusses these contributions against the existing literature on open strategy and explicates potential implications of the study for both practice and research."
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2020
Event80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2020: Understanding the Inclusive Organization, AoM 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 7 Aug 202011 Aug 2020


Conference80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2020: Understanding the Inclusive Organization, AoM 2020
CityVirtual, Online


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