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Polina Baranova

MBA, PGCE, BA (Hon)in Management and Economics, BA(Hon) in English as a Fogeign Language


Current Status: Submitted
Year of Registration: 2009
Expected Completion Date: /09/2015

Primary Funding Source:
Employer + self -funding

Research Topic:
Impact of the identity of strategic actors on strategy-making in organisations

Research Details:
My research is concerned with understanding how the identity of a strategic actor impacts on organisational strategy-making. It aims to provide theoretical and empirical insights into the micro-level of strategy (Johnson et al.,2003) and strategising, advocating a practice perspective on strategy which focuses on the day-to-day activities of organisational life and its relation to the strategic outcomes.
Emergence of the strategy as practice (s-as-p) field emphasises the need to account for human action in strategy-making and to ensure that the strategy field is 'figuratively speaking, filled with people' and to strengthen 'a theory of social action within a strategy context' (Johnson, G., Melin, L., Whittington, R., 2003).
Strategy as practice (s-as-p) perspective sees strategy 'as a situated, socially accomplished flow of activity where strategising involves actions, interactions and negotiations of multiple actors and situated practices that they draw upon in accomplishing that activity' (Jarzabkowski et al, 2007). It roots in the work of Richard Whittington (1996), where he states the importance of looking at the 'nitty-gritty' of strategy which aims at uncovering a diversity of strategic action in a variety of contexts and setting. He emphasises the importance of the empirical research in this area which would allow researchers and practitioners to avoid over-generalisation of strategic action and instead understand the variety and diversity of the 'craft skills of strategy' (1996732). The overall drive for researchers and practitioners is described as a shift from understanding 'kinds of strategy' to uncovering the black box of strategising.

CurrentTeaching: NUBS - N/A
University of Derby - Lecturer in Strategy

Research Supervisor/s: Tony Watson, Emeritus Professor and Sue Tempest

Division: Management

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