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Insights into the development of strategy from a complexity perspective

Gregory, Amanda; Ronan, Mark


Mark Ronan


This paper provides an account of an ongoing project with an independent school in the UK. The project focuses on a strategy development intervention which, from the start, was systemic in orientation. The intention was to integrate simple systems concepts and approaches into the strategy development process to: address power relations in actively engaging a wide range of stakeholders with the school’s strategy-making process; generate a range of good ideas; and make the strategy-making process transparent in order to inspire stakeholder confidence in, and commitment to, it and its outcomes. This paper describes how seeking to meet these aims entailed a series of workshops during the course of which an awareness of the relevance, in our interpretation, of Complex Adaptive Systems concepts grew.


Gregory, A., & Ronan, M. (2015). Insights into the development of strategy from a complexity perspective. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 66(4), 627-636.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 4, 2014
Online Publication Date Dec 21, 2017
Publication Date 2015-04
Deposit Date May 3, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Journal of the operational research society
Print ISSN 0160-5682
Electronic ISSN 1476-9360
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
Issue 4
Pages 627-636
Keywords Strategic development process; Strategic planning; Complex adaptive systems; Systems; Social constructivism
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Additional Information This is the authors accepted manuscript of an article published in Journal of the operational research society, 2016, v.66 issue 4.


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