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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.


Huang, Kuan-Ying 10 June 2000 (has links)

Effecting strategic change:The work of strategic champions in shaping narrative infrastructure

Schulschenk, Jess January 2018 (has links)
Organisations are under pressure to expand the boundaries of strategic management to better account for socio-ecological dependencies, and to shape the principles that guide decision-making accordingly. Prior research on strategic change focusses on the role of leadership to sensegive, and the response of organisational members. Within a strategy-asnarrative perspective, narrative infrastructure has been identified as a valuable but underexplored theory to explain how narrative guides the decisions and actions of organisational members and how leaders use narrative infrastructure to sensegive strategic change to the organisation. Yet, we know less on how narrative infrastructure is shifted, and the work of others than leaders to do this. I undertake a grounded study of how strategic champions (individuals working to influence strategic issues) support leadership in initiating and adopting a shift in narrative infrastructure. My analysis reveals that strategic champions undertake six different stages of narrative work: prompting, enrolling, underpinning, reinforcing, reconstituting and revisiting. Across these stages, strategic champions draw on discursive competences to sensegive the new master story to both leaders, and the organisation more broadly. I make two contributions to the research conversation on narrative within strategy-aspractice. First, I extend the metaphor of narrative infrastructure as a set of rails that guide decision-making, and present a more fulsome picture of narrative infrastructure as a rail network - made up of several master stories which may have different, and at times competing, organisational or institutional logics underpinning them. Second, I identify the work of strategic champions to support leadership in prompting, initiating and revisiting a shift in the narrative infrastructure of an organisation, and demonstrate how they build master story legitimacy, understanding and ownership. My thesis also lends insights to practice, identifying the tactics employed and competences to be developed by strategic champions undertaking to expand the boundaries of strategic management and shift the principles that guide decision-making in their organisations.

An empirical investigation of aspects of strategy formulation and implementation with large, private manufacturing companies in Kenya

Aosa, Evans January 1992 (has links)
No description available.

A conceptual framework for the strategic practice of architecture in an uncertain external environment : a study of the implications of the recession of the early 1990s on UK architectural practice

Osain, Enato James January 1996 (has links)
No description available.

Towards a theory of volitional strategic change : the role of transitional objects in constancy and change

Burt, George January 2001 (has links)
Scenario planning is management approach to deal with uncertainty in the business environment. The intention of the approach is to allow management of organisations to better understand and manage their environment. There are many examples of scenario planning in the practitioner literature that suggest that the approach works in practice. There is however little empirical evidence to support or explore the validity of such claims. The origin of this thesis was an exploratory study to understand the impact of interventions using scenario planning in the context of small and medium sized enterprises. In conducting empirical research, the researcher can reflect on what has become a 'learning journey', which identifies the cognitive processes managers employ to manage change arising from such interventions. The research identifies managerial recipes and transitional objects allowing volitional strategic change to occur. That is, the existing managerial understanding based on past experience and success acts as a bridge from the existing world to a new world, without which change cannot be rationalised and management would be incapacitated. I have called this the 'upframed recipe', expressing its elements of lasting validity, the transitional object.

Hoshin Kanri : an exploratory study at Nissan Yamato Engineering Ltd

Butterworth, Rosemary January 2001 (has links)
To date there has been no identified academic research of Hoshin Kanri in the West and the purpose of this thesis is to clarify the Hoshin Kanri process within the context of Western practice highlighting issues and identifying potential areas for future research. A review of the literature suggests that Hoshin Kanri links an organisation's strategy with its operations on a day to day basis, the thesis therefore discusses Hoshin Kanri within the theory of strategic management contributing to knowledge and understanding not only of Hoshin Kanri but of strategic management. The methodology adopted was an in depth single case study design utilising a tracer approach thus extending knowledge of a research method upon which other researchers can draw. The case study of Nissan Yamato Engineering Ltd. explores the Hoshin Kanri process within a Japanese owned company operating within a Western context held to be an exemplar of practice. A conceptual model of Hoshin Kanri is proposed, and the research suggests that emphasis in the West upon issues of culture and empowerment has obscured the need for organisational arrangements which integrate strategic concerns with day to day management at an operational level.

Managerial perception of the impact of corporate social responsibility on corporate branding in Indian agribusiness firms

Raj, Anup January 2016 (has links)
This study explores the managerial perception regarding the influence of CSR on corporate branding in the Indian agribusiness context. This thesis relies on CSR theories and brand management models and follows a qualitative case methodology. The study contributes to existing knowledge by focusing on the motives of Indian agribusiness firms to get involved in CSR practices and the means through which such practices influences branding. The study focuses on three key elements of corporate branding of Indian agribusiness - corporate image and reputation, corporate culture and corporate communication. The research draws on thematic analysis of 28 responses from semi-structured interviews of practicing managers in branding, marketing and CSR domains of four large agribusiness firms in India. The results reveal that though CSR practices does not influence corporate branding strategy of agribusiness firms significantly, firms do have implicit motive of branding while pursuing CSR. Firms primarily do CSR for operational reasons such as for removing the operational and legal hurdles for smooth functioning of the manufacturing plant and business which is an explicit motive of CSR. The other explicit motives are ‘community development’ and ‘philanthropy’. The study indicates that agribusiness firms use CSR practices to gain support of the local community for smooth operation of their business or at the time of crisis. The results illustrate that, CSR positively influences corporate image and reputation and thereby objectively influences corporate branding of Indian agribusiness firms. Other aspects of the study divulge that CSR has limited influence on advertising and communication programs because advertising of CSR is not common in India due to cultural and cost issues. However, promotion and internal communication of CSR initiatives are adequately done within the organisations. Moreover, the study also elucidates that firms possessing a corporate culture which gives importance to environmental sustainabilityare more likely to adopt CSR in their future brand strategy than firms which possess a corporate culture that is largely driven by market forces and competition.

Strategic Management in Chinese Manufacturing SMEs

Chen, Muxia, Bowen, Liu January 2012 (has links)
This study is about to find out whether and how strategic management is employed in the Chinese manufacturing SMEs, as well as to explore the main characteristics of the strategic management process in these SMEs. It aims to work as a reference for the senior managers in these firms to better improve and utilize the strategic management tools for their future growth.

The Study of The Impact for The Farmers Bank of China Operation After Joining WTO

Cheng, Kuan-Cheng 10 July 2002 (has links)
Agricultural finance is one indispensable means in assisting agricultural economic development. Appropriate agricultural policy plus healthy agricultural financial system will be able to support the development of agricultural economy effectively. Since resuming operation in Taiwan in 1967, The Farmers Bank of China has been the agriculture specialized bank under the belief of ¡§ Providing agricultural credit, Developing agriculture economy, promoting production and sales of agriculture¡¨, providing funds for agriculture, assisting the implementation of agricultural policy. The purpose of this research is to clarify the trade liberalization regulating of WTO on financial services industry, and find out the impact The Farmers Bank of China may meet after admission of Taiwan into WTO, as well as the foreseeable corresponding measures. In the conclusion of the study, pragmatic proposal will be presented. The scope of the research approach 1. Studying publications on the background, spirit and principle of the formation of GATT and WTO. 2. Searching theoretical basis for the strategic management in meeting competition 3. Collecting, researching and evaluating of data and information related to The Farmers Bank of China 4. Premises and corresponding measures 5. Suggestion on the responsive measures of The Farmers Bank of China after the admission of Taiwan into WTO The description of research approaches of this thesis 1. This thesis started with the publications research on the history of admission of Taiwan into WTO and static basic structure on management theory of strategic management. 2. Then it incorporates the organizational background, corporate culture, human resources, current operations for dynamic analysis of current business conditions and operation scale. 3. Thereafter it covers the responsive measures for facing competitive environment of The Farmers Bank of China through introduction of strategic planning implementing programs 4. Premises and responsive measures Since Taiwan has been admitted into WTO and the spirit and regulation of WTO in promoting fair and free trade will gradually form real influence on the agriculture and financial services following the commitment of Taiwan for the admission into WTO, the agriculture financial institutions will certainly confront direct or indirect impact under the liberalized environment , and these impacts are certainly better be adjusted and met as early as possible. Through premise analysis and an induction description drawing from the outcome of research, this thesis will provide conclusion and suggestions.

Critical complementarism and information systems : a total systems approach to computer-based information systems strategy and development

Clarke, Stephen Allen January 1997 (has links)
This thesis is about intervening in organisations to improve both operational and strategic computer-based information systems. It addresses a particular situation, in which human activity is seen to be a key factor in the success of the system. A stance is taken regarding current approaches to such development, supported by historical analysis of both the theory and practice of such approaches: in particular, the failure of traditional information systems development methodologies to address these situations is seen to question their validity. A review of existing theory and practice shows that computer-based information systems development appears to be dominated by functionalist, reductionist, engineering methods, marginally challenged by soft, interpretivist approaches. Analysis of the computer-based information systems development domain shows this to be an impoverished view, and indicates that an approach based on social systems is likely to be more representative of the problem situations faced. As a result, computer-based information systems development is taken beyond the 'hard-soft' debate, into a search for theoretical underpinning and practical approaches informed from social theory. However, whilst the theory is readily available, the application of that theory to computer-based information systems development is seen to be problematic. Potential improvement is achieved by the development of an interventionist framework which is based on a branch of social systems theory, that of critical social theory, and which draws heavily on work already undertaken in the domain of management science under the headings of critical systems thinking and total systems intervention. This framework is applied to two case studies and a major, longitudinal action research based investigation. The findings strongly support computer-based information systems development based on social, and especially critical social, theories. These findings are critiqued within the study, and from this emerge clear conclusions, and recommendations for future development.

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