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Exploring adaptive small and medium enterprises through the lens of open strategy

Ates, Aylin (2019) Exploring adaptive small and medium enterprises through the lens of open strategy. In: Strategic Responsiveness and Adaptive Organizations. Emerald Publishing Limited, West Yorkshire, pp. 25-39. ISBN 9781789730128

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Abstract

This chapter aims to develop a conceptual framework to probe evidence of open strategy phenomenon as being practiced by adaptive small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in manufacturing industry. Specifically, this study focuses on the act and doing of strategy communications, based on a set of readying and entrepreneuring practices, involving a plurality of internal and external actors (i.e. owner manager/ entrepreneur, middle managers, shop floor employees, suppliers). The empirical study is based on a deep collaboration with a Scottish SME that supplies outsourced bottling and packaging services to the Scotch Whisky industry through a seven-year longitudinal qualitative inquiry. This study finds that open strategy phenomenon is classified into transparent, participatory and inclusive practices. These nested open strategy practices are enacted progressively as particular events are unfolding during organizational lifecycle and renewal processes. Sustaining temporal openness in strategy is underpinned by important boundary readying practices in SMEs.