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In the loop: a realist approach to structure and agency in the practice of strategy

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/06/2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Organization Studies
Issue number6
Volume35
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)857-879
Publication statusPublished
Early online date28/01/14
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper introduces and illustrates a critical realist approach to the practice of strategy, combining Archer’s stratified ontology for structure, culture and agency with her work on reflexivity, to provide strategy-as-practice with an innovative theoretical lens. By maintaining the ontic differentiation between structure and agency this approach renders the conditions of action analytically separable from the action itself, thereby facilitating the examination of their interplay, one upon the other, at variance through time, in strategy formation and strategizing. It therefore offers the field a fruitful methodological means of exploring the increasingly complex empirical implications of some practice theoretical claims.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Organization Studies, 35 (6), 2014, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2014 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Organization Studies page: http://oss.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/