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Strategy communication and transition dynamics amongst managers: a public sector organization perspective

Demola Obembe (Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK)
Jarrah Al Mansour (Faculty of Business Studies, Arab Open University Kuwait Branch, Al-Farwaniya, Kuwait)
Oluwaseun Kolade (Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 13 October 2020

Issue publication date: 23 August 2021

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to build on the research-supported view that interactions between top and middle management enhances effective implementation of organizational strategies by exploring the role of internal actors in driving organizational strategy at the intersection between strategy formulation and strategy implementation.

Design/methodology/approach

Adopting a social practice perspective, we undertook semi-structured interviews of 27 top and middle level managers drawn from a single case organization. Data collected were analysed using thematic analysis.

Findings

Differences in managerial perception of strategy has significant impact on implementation of strategic decisions as well as creating tensions in recursive communication practices between internal social actors. Furthermore, individual perceptions cannot only limit the extent of strategy awareness amongst key actors, the manifestations through social interaction between top and middle managers is a critical determinant of effective communication and realization of organizational strategy.

Originality/value

The research contributes to the strategy process and practice literature by exploring the dynamic interactions taking place at the intersections of strategy formulation-implementation phases of organizational strategy. It particularly highlights practical issues in top and middle manager interactions and implications for successful strategy implementation.

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Citation

Obembe, D., Al Mansour, J. and Kolade, O. (2021), "Strategy communication and transition dynamics amongst managers: a public sector organization perspective", Management Decision, Vol. 59 No. 8, pp. 1954-1971. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-11-2019-1589

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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