Strategy is often taken to be a universal practice. The central proposition for this colloquium is that strategy is better thought of as many different crafts, varying according to its different contexts.
This colloquium will focus on strategic planning and strategy-making in different contexts. In particular we invite papers considering how strategic planning may be influenced by:
• its historical context, for instance shifting from corporate planning to new orientations over time;
• its societal context, for instance in ‘Anglo-Saxon’, Asian or Continental European societies;
• its ownership or stakeholder context, for instance in family businesses, professional partnerships or the public sector;
• its organisational context, for instance, the corporate centre or the periphery, new ventures or joint ventures, or strategy consultants and in-house departments
Whether according to these criteria or others, we seek to advance understanding of strategy as a changing, plural and contingent practice, rather than the standard one assumed in much conventional teaching and research.
The colloquium aims to promote interdisciplinary conversation between historians, sociologists, management scholars and senior practitioners. To maximise exchange, there will be no more than 30 participants. Professor Henry Mintzberg (McGill University) will introduce major themes for the colloquium with a key-note address.
The colloquium will take place at the Toulouse Social Sciences University
Those wishing to present a paper are invited to submit a 500-1000 word proposal by 16 January 2006 and will be informed of acceptance at the colloquium by 1st February 2006. For inclusion in the colloquium papers, full papers will be required by 1 May 2006. There will be a themed issue of Long Range Planning on the same issues: details forthcoming at www.lrp.ac.
Paper proposals and full papers should be addressed to email@example.com and Richard.Whittington@sbs.ox.ac.uk
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