Title: Strategy innovation with employee involvement
Authors: Ole Friis; Christian Koch
Aarhus University, AU Herning, Denmark
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Aarhus University, AU Herning, Denmark; Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to investigate how employees can be involved in strategy innovation processes and how new strategy practices (new tools and procedures) are used to change strategy praxis in order to sustain value creation. In the strategising actions, we found that even if the managers still dominate, some processes of direct involvement of employees occur, in particular when employees are asked to supplement overall strategic goals and when they directly shape several sub-strategies. Strategy practices found include strategy planning, an open space workshop and organised strategy projects. Especially, the latter two are important in facilitating the employee involvement. The case, however, also exhibits enterprise-situated praxises related to unplanned events, like the mitigation of taboos.
Keywords: strategy practices; employee involvement; strategy innovation; strategy making; value creation; strategy planning; open space workshops; strategy projects.
Int. J. of Globalisation and Small Business, 2015 Vol.7, No.2, pp.125 - 138
Date of acceptance: 23 Jan 2015
Available online: 16 Aug 2015