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Strategy-as-Practice: Reading List for Registered Research Students

Provides relevant information and training help for Unisa Business Management postgraduate students


This page offers access to a number of articles relevant to the strategy-as-practice research field.

You need to be a registered Unisa student to access these resources.

List of Articles

Adobor, H. (2020), 'Open strategy: role of organizational democracy', Journal of Strategy and Management, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 310-331. 

Alexander, P. A. (2020) ‘Methodological Guidance Paper: The Art and Science of Quality Systematic Reviews’, Review of Educational Research, 90(1), pp. 6–23. doi:10.3102/0034654319854352

Balogun, J., Huff, A.S. & Johnson, P. 2003. Three responses to the methodological challenges of studying strategizing. Journal of Management Studies. 40(1):197-224.

Brielmaier, C. and Friesl, M. (2021) ‘Pulled in all directions: Open strategy participation as an attention contest’, Strategic Organization. doi: 10.1177/14761270211034515.

Burgelman, R. A. et al. (2018) ‘Strategy processes and practices: Dialogues and intersections’, Strategic Management Journal (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), 39(3), pp. 531–558. doi: 10.1002/smj.2741.

Cassell, C. et al. (2009) ‘Learning to be a Qualitative Management Researcher’, Management Learning, 40(5), pp. 513–533. doi: 10.1177/1350507609340811.

de Metz, N., Jansen van Rensburg, M. and Davis, A., 2023. Acting Strategically During Change: A Process and Dwelling World-view ApproachJournal of Change Management23(3): 250-268.

Janse van Rensburg, M., Davis, A. & Venter, P. 2014. Making strategy work: The role of the middle manager. Journal of Management & Organization. 20(2): 165-186.

Jarzabkowski, P., Kavas, M. & Krull, E. 2021. It’s Practice, But is it Strategy? Reinvigorating strategy-as-practice by rethinking consequentiality. Organization Theory. 2:1-13

Jarzabkowski, P. & Spee, A.P. 2009. Strategy-as-practice: a review and future directions for the field. International Journal of Management Reviews. 11(1):69-95.

Jarzabkowski, P., Balogun, J. & Seidl, D. 2007. Strategizing: the challenges of a practice perspective. Human Relations. 6(1):5-27.

Jarzabkowski, P, Seidl, D. & Balogun, J. 2022. From germination to propagation: two decades of Strategy-as-Practice research and potential future directions. [In Print] Human Relations.

Kearney, A., Harrington, D. and Kelloher, F. 2019. Strategizing in the micro firm: A ‘strategy as practice’ frameworkIndustry and Higher Education, 33(1): 6-17.

Ngwenya, A., Davis, A. and Ncube, D., 2023. The practical relevance of strategy education: Evidence from the lived experiences of business school alumniIndustry and Higher Education37(4): 457-472.

E-Books on Strategy-as-Practice

Golsorkhi, D., Rouleau, L., Seidl, D., & Vaara, E. 2015. Cambridge Handbook on Strategy as Practice. 2nd edition.
Whittington, R. 2019. Opening Strategy: Professional Strategists and Practice Change, 1960 to Today. Oxford:Oxford University Press.

List of Articles

Onwuegbuzie, A.J. & Leech, N.L. 2005. On becoming a pragmatic researcher: the importance of combining quantitative and qualitative research methodologiesInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology. 8(5):375-387.

Prashantham, S. and Healey, M.P., 2022. Strategy as practice research: reflections on its rationale, approach, and contributionsJournal of Management Studies59(8): e1-e17.

Samson, S., Williamson, C. & Davis, A., 2022. Managerial Survival: Middle Manager Sense-Making during Organisational ChangeInternational Journal of Management, Knowledge and Learning11.

Stadler, C. Hautz, J. & von den Eichen, S. F. 2020. Open Strategy: The Inclusion of Crowds in Making StrategiesNIM Marketing Intelligence Review. 12(1) 36-41.

Thakhathi, A., Le Roux, C. & Davis, A. 2019. Sustainability Leaders' Influencing Strategies for Institutionalising Organisational Change towards Corporate Sustainability: A Strategy-as-Practice Perspective. Journal of Change Management, 19(4): 246-265.

Vaara, E & Fritsch, L. 2021. Strategy as language and communication: Theoretical and methodological advances and avenues for the future in strategy process and practice research. Strategic Management Journal. (November, 14):1–12. 

Vaara, E. & Whittington, R. 2012. Strategy-as-practice: taking social practices seriouslyThe Academy of Management Annals.

Van Niekerk, K & Janse van Rensburg, M. 2022. Middle managers; strategising practices to effect strategic changeJournal of Change Management DOI: 0.1080/14697017.2022.2040572

van Wyk, I., 2023. Strategic decision-making in small and medium enterprises in South AfricaThe Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management15(1), p.684. 

Vorwerk Marren, I., Davis, A & Williamson, CM. (2024) Strategizing for survival – enablers of South African not-for-profit organization sustainability, Cogent Business & Management, 11:1,

Whittington, R. 2006. Completing the practice turn in strategy researchOrganization Studies. 27(5):613-634.

Williamson, C. 2016. 'Views from the nano edge': women on doctoral preparation programmes in selected African contexts. Studies in Higher Education. 41(5): 859-873.

Xaba, L., le Roux, C. & Davis, A., 2023. Migrating from disruption to consensus: Middle manager experiences with organisational changeJournal of Contemporary Management20(1), pp.376-403.