Pulled in all directions : Open strategy participation as an attention contest

Faculty/Professorship: Strategy and Organisation Studies 
Author(s): Brielmaier, Christoph ; Friesl, Martin  
Title of the Journal: Strategic Organization
ISSN: 1741-315X, 1476-1270
Publisher Information: London : Sage
Year of publication: 2021
Pages: 1-12
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1177/14761270211034515
In this article, we investigate a crucial factor in open strategy research: participation. By drawing on the attention-based view, we argue that the degree of participation in both analog and digital practices of open strategy is the result of “attention contests.” These attention contests arise as the attention structure of Open Strategy initiatives (as quasi-temporary organizations) and the attention structure of the main organization compete for actors’ limited attention. As these attention structures collide, four tensions emerge (process ambiguity, status transitions, time constraints, and identity shifts). We argue that the impact of these tensions is contingent on the type of Open Strategy practice; digital or analog forms of Open Strategy-making. Therefore, we offer a new theoretical understanding of why and how actors participate in Open Strategy initiatives. Based on this, we offer various mechanisms of how firms can facilitate meaningful participation in these different practices. This essay opens up promising avenues for future Open Strategy and participation research.
GND Keywords: Aufmerksamkeit; Wettbewerbsverhalten; Wettbewerbsstrategie; Partizipation; Strategische Planung
Keywords: attention-based-view, attention structure, open strategy, participation, inclusion
DDC Classification: 650 Management & public relations  
RVK Classification: QP 340   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/53253
Release Date: 23. February 2022