Keeping Organizational Performance on Track : A Process Perspective on Managerial Justification Practices in Strategizing

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Abstract This study analyzes how managerial justification practices allow for mindfully keeping organizational performance on track. We understand mindfully keeping organizational performance on track as the ongoing managerial work of exploring new opportunities and expanding organizational competence in strategizing (Hernes & Irgens, 2012). This process is characterized by fundamental uncertainty, which makes justification of novel decisions, initiatives and perspectives particularly important, yet also particularly difficult. Through justification, management actively shapes symbolic environments and organizational knowledge structures - which contextualize the future development of organizational performance - and which are, at the same time, shaped by this development. In a process perspective, we describe and analyze managerial justification practices in strategizing as inherently temporal, distinguishing them in three ways: first, according to their "temporal references", which can be described through temporalities (past, present, future); second, according to their "temporal dynamic", which describes how justification practices shift over time; third, according to their impact on "speed", which characterizes how fast justification practices scale and mobilize themes, initiatives and decisions in an organization. Our study empirically examines managerial justification practices in a Swiss software engineering company after leadership change.
Authors Grand, Simon & Ettlin, Alexandra
Language English
Keywords process, justification, change, temporality
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Refereed Yes
Date 24 June 2015
Publisher Not specified
Page Range 27
Event Title 7th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies (PROS)
Event Location Kos, Greece
Event Dates 24.-25.06.2015
Depositing User Alexandra Ettlin
Date Deposited 03 Aug 2015 11:31
Last Modified 16 Feb 2018 14:57
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/242908

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Grand, Simon & Ettlin, Alexandra: Keeping Organizational Performance on Track : A Process Perspective on Managerial Justification Practices in Strategizing. 2015. - 7th International Symposium on Process Organization Studies (PROS). - Kos, Greece.

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