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Heino, H., Tuunainen, J. (2018) Heading for decline? The significance of disturbances in strategic management. International Journal of Strategic Change Management, 7 (2), 139. doi:10.1504/IJSCM.2018.091634

Heading for decline? The significance of disturbances in strategic management

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Author: Heino, Hannamari; Tuunainen, Juha
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2019041011751
Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-04-21
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Abstract

This paper will address problems in strategic management process from the perspective of organisational decline. It will review the literature on early warning signals of decline and contribute to an understanding of their role in organisational development. To facilitate more advanced theorising about early warning signals, the paper will draw from cultural-historical activity theory suggesting that early warnings should be conceptualised in terms of organisational disturbances that act as visible evidence of developmental contradictions. By combining activity theory with strategy process research, the paper will open up an avenue for organisational analysis to better understand the nature of weak signs of decline and provide a better basis for their resolution. The conceptualisation will be illustrated by referring to a case example of a firm operating in service production.

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Series: International journal of strategic change management
ISSN: 1740-2859
ISSN-E: 1740-2867
ISSN-L: 1740-2859
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Pages: 139 - 159
DOI: 10.1504/IJSCM.2018.091634
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1504/IJSCM.2018.091634
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
516 Educational sciences
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Copyright information: © 2019 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in International Journal of Strategic Change Management. The version of record Heino, H., Tuunainen, J. (2018) Heading for decline? The significance of disturbances in strategic management. International Journal of Strategic Change Management, 7 (2), 139. is available online at: doi:10.1504/IJSCM.2018.091634