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Narrative approach to corporate strategy: empirical foundations

Michael Carriger (Trinity Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)

Journal of Strategy and Management

ISSN: 1755-425X

Article publication date: 25 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to present theoretical and empirical foundations for the use of a particular type of narrative skillfully deployed by senior leaders in an organization as an effective tool for creating, disseminating and executing corporate strategy.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper presents original research on the effectiveness of the use of a “springboard story” as a leadership tool.

Findings

Data are presented to substantiate that a “springboard story” presentation of corporate strategy and competitive advantage is more effective at producing a consistent and confident choice of competitive advantage among an audience than a presentation of corporate strategy using a PowerPoint style, bulleted list approach. Theoretical implications for leaders leading change, especially change in corporate strategy, are suggested.

Originality/value

The paper explores the implications for the practical use of this type of narrative in strategy implementation and execution by leaders.

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Citation

Carriger, M. (2011), "Narrative approach to corporate strategy: empirical foundations", Journal of Strategy and Management, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 304-324. https://doi.org/10.1108/17554251111180981

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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