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Sari Laari-Salmela, Juha Tuunainen, Kari Kantasalmi, and Anu Kajamaa, 2022: Decidedly Undecided Change: Producing Spielraum for Organizational Periphery. Proceedings, 2022,

Decidedly undecided change : producing spielraum for organizational periphery

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Author: Laari-Salmela, Sari1; Tuunainen, Juha1; Kantasalmi, Kari1;
Organizations: 1U. of Oulu Business School
2U. of Oulu
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Academy of Management, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-09-25


Extant strategy practice and process studies highlight the duality of change and stability, regarding strategic change as an accomplishment of both movement and recursiveness, which are also displayed by the observed difference in strategy-making between the organizational centre and its periphery. In this study, we examine the emergence of new strategic themes and related organizing in two research universities’ organizational peripheries. By adopting a systems-theoretical view and drawing on Luhmannian organizational analysis, we are able to examine the co-existence of stability and change in each communication event, aiming to reduce complexity but also giving rise to novel complexities, providing ‘spielraum’ for peripheral development activities. The study contributes to the SAPP-oriented stream of studies on strategic change in general and emergent strategy studies in particular by providing an alternative theoretical viewpoint on the centre-periphery dynamics in strategic change and showing how organizations un/decide on new strategic themes, and through what dynamics they might become introduced and organized in established organizations.

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Series: Proceedings. Academy of Management
ISSN: 0065-0668
ISSN-E: 2151-6561
ISSN-L: 0065-0668
Volume: 2022
Issue: 1
Article number: 15733
DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2022.15733abstract
Host publication: Academy of management annual meeting
Host publication editor: Taneja, Sonia
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Copyright information: © 2022. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 license