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Non-receptive organizational contexts and scenario planning interventions : a demonstration of inertia in the strategic decision-making of a CEO despite strong pressure for a change.

O'Keefe, M. and Wright, G. (2010) 'Non-receptive organizational contexts and scenario planning interventions : a demonstration of inertia in the strategic decision-making of a CEO despite strong pressure for a change.', Futures., 42 (1). pp. 26-41.

Abstract

This study presents a single-case analysis of an unsuccessful scenario planning intervention within an organization. Our analysis utilises corporate documents produced prior to a scenario-based intervention, pre-scenario-development interviews with members of the top management team, and knowledge of post-intervention events. We conclude that, even in the face of strong, orchestrated pressure for a re-think of a fragile strategy, the aspirations of the CEO were dominant. Our case analysis illustrates that inertia in strategic decision making can be extreme—more extreme than the extant literature has recognised. Critical voices can go unheard. We end with consideration of issues to do with facilitating the early recognition that a strategizing intervention can stall.

Item Type:Article
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (448Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2009.08.004
Record Created:04 May 2010 14:50
Last Modified:07 May 2010 10:44

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