Communication and attention dynamics: An attention-based view of strategic change

Item Type Journal paper

The attention-based view (ABV) has highlighted the role of organizational attention in strategic decision making and adaptation. The tendency to view communication channels as “pipes and prisms” for information processing has, however, limited its ability to address strategic change. We propose a broader role for communication as a process by which actors can attend to and engage with organizational and environmental issues and initiatives and argue that such a view can significantly advance understanding of strategic change. On this basis, we offer suggestions for future research on communication practices, vocabularies, rhetorical tactics, and talk and text in shaping organizational attention in strategic change. We also maintain that this enhanced view of the ABV can help advance research on dynamic capabilities, strategy processes, strategy-as-practice, and behavioral strategy.

Authors Ocasio, William; Laamanen, Tomi & Vaara, Eero
Journal or Publication Title Strategic Management Journal
Language English
Keywords attention‐based view, communication, discourse, language, strategic change
Subjects business studies
social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area None
Refereed Yes
Date 1 January 2018
Publisher Wiley
Place of Publication New York, NY [u.a.]
Volume 39
Number 1
Page Range 155-167
Number of Pages 13
ISSN 0143-2095
ISSN-Digital 1097-0266
Publisher DOI 10.1002/smj.2702
Official URL
Contact Email Address
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Tomi Laamanen
Date Deposited 26 Feb 2018 18:34
Last Modified 15 Jun 2019 16:23


SMJ-15-15030.R2 ABV Submission.pdf

Download (411kB) | Preview


Ocasio, William; Laamanen, Tomi & Vaara, Eero (2018) Communication and attention dynamics: An attention-based view of strategic change. Strategic Management Journal, 39 (1). 155-167. ISSN 0143-2095

Edit item Edit item