Open strategy: a systematic literature review and research agenda

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This article develops a conceptual understanding on open strategy through a systematic literature review. With a sample of 148 publications, we examine the key debates in the field of open strategy and identify a number of limitations such as an excessive definitional focus and a lack of distinct empirical analysis of research in the field. Our analysis clarifies open strategy by classifying its main characteristics and harnessing the different aspects together in a comprehensive definition. In doing so, we examine how the underpinnings of open strategy can be conceptualised in order to provide a research agenda for how future empirical investigations into open strategy could progress our understanding of an evolving practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStrategic Responsiveness for a Sustainable Future
Subtitle of host publicationNew Research in International Management
EditorsTorben Juul Andersen
Place of Publication[Bingley, UK]
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781800719309
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameEmerald Studies in Global Strategic Responsiveness
PublisherEmerald Publishing


  • open strategy
  • strategy practices
  • inclusivity
  • transparency
  • participation
  • systematic literature review


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