Improvisation and emergent strategizing: the role of group support systems

Colin Eden, Fran Ackermann, Vincenzo Vito

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Abstract

This paper synthesises the conceptualisation of improvisation within the frameworks of emergent strategizing and sensemaking. In doing so, it explores how the arguments presented in the literature offer an important role for improvisation in strategy making, with particular attention to its significance in understanding emergent strategizing and sensemaking. Through a synthesis of the literature, we show that emergent strategizing, sensemaking and improvisation, working in harmony, provide a powerful combination, particularly when developing strategy following a pandemic. We postulate that a group support system may be able to uniquely offer management teams the possibility of encompassing improvisation into their strategic thinking. This is likely to be increasingly relevant as organisations move out of the uncertainties of a global pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Issues in Group Decision and Negotiation - 21st International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation, GDN 2021, Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication21st International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation, GDN 2021, Toronto, ON, Canada, June 6–10, 2021, Proceedings
EditorsDanielle Costa Morais, Liping Fang, Masahide Horita
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer
Pages16-24
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030772079
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2021
Event21st International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation - Online
Duration: 7 Jun 202110 Jun 2021
http://gdnconference.org/gdn2021/

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume420 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356

Conference

Conference21st International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation
Abbreviated titleGDN 2021
Period7/06/2110/06/21
Internet address

Keywords

  • improvisation
  • emergent strategizing
  • sensemaking
  • fast moving industries

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