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Strategic activity as bundled affordances

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>British Journal of Management
Issue numberSuppl. S1
Volume26
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)S125-S141
Publication statusPublished
Early online date15/01/15
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This study addresses the question of how strategy actors instil strategic behaviour in everyday strategic activity despite their physical absence. To do this, I draw on ecological psychology and introduce the concept of bundled affordances, multiple spatiotemporally distinct yet co-performing action possibilities offered to strategists in single strategic events. Through an in-depth qualitative study of three affiliated banks, I illustrate that affordances can be usefully bundled when familiar features of material objects are placed in the everyday perceptual field of strategists. The study further suggests that when corporate interests and individual goals are effectively entangled into affordance bundles, they not only motivate individuals to behave strategically but also make those actions intuitive rather than open-ended action possibilities, instructive rather than interpretive, and readily identifiable in events rather than in information about the properties of material objects.