Reinforcing Threat Cycles: The Interrelation of Strategic Issue Categorization

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Negative reinforcing cycles prompted by paradoxical tensions can have a detrimental effect on organizations. One source of such tensions are strategic issues, where the contradictory categorization options “threat” or “opportunity” cause internal pressures, putting the organizations into a rigid behavioral mode. The developments and consequences of such reinforcing cycles have thus far only been investigated theoretically and within isolated contexts. We lack insights into spillover effects to subsequent strategic issues. This study proposes to examine the patterns of 350 interrelated strategic issue categorizations of six organizations in the context of a multi-competitor sailing race. We further investigate the reinforcing threat cycles of one focal organization. We thereby illuminate the interrelation of strategic issue categorization and contribute to better understanding reinforcing cycles within the paradox literature.

Authors Hauptmann, Gunnar & Ambos, Björn
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Date 22 September 2018
Event Title 38th Strategic Management Society (SMS) Annual International Conference
Event Location Paris
Event Dates 22.09-25.09.2018
Depositing User M.A. HSG Gunnar Hauptmann
Date Deposited 17 Apr 2018 11:26
Last Modified 17 Apr 2018 11:26


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Hauptmann, Gunnar & Ambos, Björn: Reinforcing Threat Cycles: The Interrelation of Strategic Issue Categorization. 2018. - 38th Strategic Management Society (SMS) Annual International Conference. - Paris.

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