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This ground-breaking book reframes the perspective taken in most strategy research in two key ways: by describing organizational renewal from a middle-level perspective and by reconceptualizing the theoretical basis for strategy process research. Part I reviews the existing literature in the strategy process, including recent literature on strategic renewal. Part II builds the theoretical basis for a middle level perspective, focusing on knowledge development, social network analysis and organizational trust. Part III moves from synthesizing existing research toward the development of a model for conducting research from a middle-level perspective.

Foundations of the Strategic Management Field
Foundations of the strategic management field

At its origins, strategic management was imprinted with the notion that strategy research is about helping top managers determine appropriate strategy and install necessary implementation mechanisms…. Although there were already voices for alternative arguments (e.g., Bower, 1970), the vast majority of published research in the newly emerging field focused on strategy content and the problems of top management.

As an applied area of study, the field of strategic management has its roots in practice. Indeed, many of the seminal works in the field, such as Igor Ansoff's (1965) Corporate Strategy and Alfred Sloan's (1972) My Years With General Motors, were contributed not by academics but by practicing managers wishing to reflect on and expand what ...

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