This chapter aims to develop a conceptual framework to probe evidence of open strategy (OS) phenomenon as being practiced by adaptive small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in manufacturing industries. Specifically, this study focuses on the act and doing of strategy communications, based on a set of readying and entrepreneurial practices, involving a plurality of internal and external actors (i.e., owner manager/entrepreneur, middle managers, shop floor employees, suppliers, etc.). 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 the OS phenomenon is classified into transparent, participatory, and inclusive practices. These nested OS 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.
Ates, A. (2019), "Exploring Adaptive Small and Medium Enterprises through the Lens of Open Strategy", Andersen, T., Torp, S. and Linder, S. (Ed.) Strategic Responsiveness and Adaptive Organizations: New Research Frontiers in International Strategic Management (Emerald Studies in Global Strategic Responsiveness), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 25-39. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78973-011-120191003Download as .RIS
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