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Publication date: 1 August 1994

Loizos Th. Heracleous

Considers the “rational” decision‐making model and argues that it neitherdescribes actual decision‐making processes nor can be used as anadequate guide to effective decision…

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Abstract

Considers the “rational” decision‐making model and argues that it neither describes actual decision‐making processes nor can be used as an adequate guide to effective decision making as it ignores potent social, political and cognitive influences. Suggests that the main assumptions of the model are, in practice, unrealistic, and offers an alternative framework, emphasizing cultural, structural and processual factors, as a more useful guide to effective decision making.

Article
Publication date: 1 August 2005

Claus D. Jacobs and Loizos Th. Heracleous

To conceptualize and theorize dialogue's diagnostic as well as generative functions for strategic innovation and organizational change.

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Purpose

To conceptualize and theorize dialogue's diagnostic as well as generative functions for strategic innovation and organizational change.

Design/methodology/approach

Conceptual development with case illustration.

Findings

Strategic innovation requires shifts in existing mental models of organizational actors that underlie the overall strategy paradigm of a firm. Dialogue as a form of reflective conversation enables actors to alter managers' mental models through conscious, critical exploration.

Research limitations/implications

Conceptual framework introduces reflective dialogue, as a crucial processual element for encouraging shifts in mental maps and as a necessary, but not sufficient condition for strategy innovation; provides an analytical framework for enhancing understanding of the emergent processes of strategic innovation, and for studying shifts in organizational actors' mental models.

Practical implications

Provides organizational change agents and strategists with perspectives and frameworks for appreciating and fostering reflective dialogue in the context of strategic thinking and innovation.

Originality/value

Concept of reflective dialogue and associated frameworks link micro‐levels and macro‐levels of strategy innovation and address critical process elements.

Details

Journal of Organizational Change Management, vol. 18 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0953-4814

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