Open strategy : a systematic literature review and research agenda

Sunner, Akwal and Ates, Aylin and McKiernan, Peter; Andersen, Torben Juul, ed. (2021) Open strategy : a systematic literature review and research agenda. In: Strategic Responsiveness for a Sustainable Future. Emerald Studies in Global Strategic Responsiveness . Emerald Publishing Limited, [Bingley, UK]. ISBN 9781800719309

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This article develops a conceptual understanding on open strategy through a systematic literature review. With a sample of 148 publications, we examine the key debates in the field of open strategy and identify a number of limitations such as an excessive definitional focus and a lack of distinct empirical analysis of research in the field. Our analysis clarifies open strategy by classifying its main characteristics and harnessing the different aspects together in a comprehensive definition. In doing so, we examine how the underpinnings of open strategy can be conceptualised in order to provide a research agenda for how future empirical investigations into open strategy could progress our understanding of an evolving practice.