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Defining and developing a scale to measure strategic thinking

Sanjay Dhir (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India)
Swati Dhir (IMI Delhi, New Delhi, India)
Payel Samanta (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India)


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 12 June 2018

Issue publication date: 20 August 2018




This study aims to derive a sound definition of strategic thinking by horizontal analysis of past research and discussions with professionals.


The research design includes three broad stages: item generation, scale development and assessment of scale’s psychometric properties.


The eclectic composition cuts across vocations, religions, sex and age strengthen the flexibility of application of the scale. The resulting scale shows strong psychometric properties and is expected to be useful for academics, practitioners and organizations alike.

Research limitations/implications

The information on strategic thinking was self-reported through strategic thinking questionnaire (STQ) and is consequently at risk to be influenced by self-bias.

Practical implications

Using the scale of strategic thinking will empower strategic thinkers to draw a more extensive scope of strategies at all levels. This will additionally bring about higher-quality procedures, increased performance and greater competitive advantage.

Social implications

The study represents to be an imperative predecessor to strategic decision-making and may give a key to better comprehend authoritative change marvels and at last survival.


As the sample for our STQ has been collected from all across the country cross-sectioning different culture, gender and position of responsibility, the scale has significant robustness and implicative potential.



Dhir, S., Dhir, S. and Samanta, P. (2018), "Defining and developing a scale to measure strategic thinking", Foresight, Vol. 20 No. 3, pp. 271-288.



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