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Strategy as Practice, Process, and Institution: Turning Towards Activity

Strategy as Practice, Process, and Institution: turning towards Activity
Richard Whittington

Introduction

Strategy as Practice reconceives strategy as something people do, rather than something organizations have (Johnson et al., 2003). In this respect, Strategy as Practice sits right between Process and Institutionalist traditions in Organization Theory. By its very title, Strategy as Practice connects to Institutionalist concerns for practices, the institutionalized structures of action (Scott, 2014; Vaara and Whittington, 2012). At the same time, Strategy as Practice's focus on the doing of strategy – strategizing – links directly to the growing preference among Process scholars for verbs over nouns, lived experience over abstract concepts (Langley et al., 2013; Jarzabkowski et al., 2007).

Strategy as Practice's position between Institutionalist and ...

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