Business School Alumni


Alumni Insight Seminars: Opening up your strategy-making

Online via MS Teams
Wednesday 23rd November 2022 (12:00-13:00)
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Dr Jeannie Holstein

Event postponed - further details will be shared shortly. Thank you. 

Much time is spent on strategic planning, yet often the results are disappointing or indeed don’t work. This seminar will showcase some of the latest thinking and research on opening up your strategy-making to develop better strategy.

Dr Jeannie Holstein will examine the premise that it is not what you do, but how you do it – the ‘it’ being strategy-making – that distinguishes successful companies from others, and that makes some leading-edge. In other words, how can you open up your strategy making to devise, develop, and deliver better strategy for your business?  There is of course reluctance to do this, and it is often based on who you think ‘should’ be the strategist and the simple question of how to open up strategy without compromising the decision-making needed, and indeed the decision-makers themselves. It is the case that opening up of your strategy and your strategy processes is not without risk, and not without cost. 

This seminar considers ways to revitalise your strategy making by starting the process of ‘opening up’, considering the pros and cons of Open Strategy.

In this session, you can also find out more about our Executive Education offering.

About the speaker

Dr Jeannie Holstein is Assistant Professor in Strategic and Public Sector Management, Nottingham University Business School. Jeannie combines an interest in practically relevant topics such as the role of language, openness and participation in strategic change and strategy-making with a theoretical interest in discursive and narrative processes.

Jeannie has presented her work at a number of leading international academic conferences and has published in Organization Studies, Strategic Organization, European Management Review, and in The Cambridge Handbook of Open Strategy. She received her PhD from Nottingham University Business School in 2015, where she also completed her MBA and holds a BA (Hons) Modern History from Oxford University. Prior to her academic career she worked as a business strategist in the ceramics industry, running the UK subsidiary of a German plc, among other roles, and then as a strategic management consultant in the Higher Education sector.

Session overview

  • 12 noon - Welcome and Introduction from NUBS Executive Education team
  • 12.10pm - Seminar and Q&A
  • 12.40pm - Close and final updates





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