We seek to show how some recent work tends to cut across these historical perspectives — in a sense, how cross-fertilization has occurred.
The schools of strategy represent a line of descent through the history of the field, but this may not be a descent by replacement. For example, programs and services must be designed to hit the target populace and to determine whether there are available resources that could provide for the needs of everyone.
The second school, which developed in parallel in the s and peaked in a flurry of publications and practice in the s, formalized that perspective, seeing strategy making as a more detached and systematic process of formal planning.
Nucor has no written strategic plan, no written objectives, and no mission statement. Chandler and others observed that there is a cycle of innovation in strategy: Row, Peterson, ; A. Two separate orientations seem to exist. The six schools that follow consider specific aspects of the process of strategy formation, and have been concerned less with prescribing ideal strategic behavior than with describing how strategies do, in fact, get made.
Setting out on a predetermined course in unknown waters is the perfect way to sail into an iceberg. And it has and will continue to bear fruit. Strategic direction can also serve as a set of blinders to hide potential dangers. Hence the process is viewed as fundamentally collective and cooperative.
A Study of Planning and Investment Boston: All reveal important truths. The design school did not develop, however, in the sense of giving rise to variants within its own context. The three prescriptive schools have so dominated the literature and practice that we find it appropriate to include rather extensive discussions that bring much of this conventional wisdom into question.
True, they can use it in various ways — just as an elephant can be a beast of burden or a symbol of ceremony — but only if it remains intact as a living being. We assume that the reader is familiar with the literature and practice of strategic management, if not necessarily with this particular characterization of them.
The six schools that follow consider specific aspects of the process of strategy formation, and have been concerned less with prescribing ideal strategic behavior than with describing how strategies do, in fact, get made.
The consequence has been to grasp one part of the strategic management elephant and prate about it as though none other exists. Lastly, it has also emphasized the role of leadership in 19 Matthews, Joseph R. MIT Press, ; and E. The contrast between the prescriptive and descriptive schools is to some extent due to a fundamentally different attitude toward how research and knowledge should be developed.
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