Sub-theme 51: Top Managers and Strategizing

Julia Balogun, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Shenghui Ma, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Ann Langley, HEC Montréal, Canada
Session I: Thursday, July 06, 11:00 to 12:30, SP s12 (ground floor)
Strategizing Across Levels: Interactions between Top Managers and Other Strategy Actors
Chair: Julia Balogun
Alexandra Ettlin and Simon Grand
Top management engagement in strategic sensemaking: A practice perspective on strategizing as transcending
Elena Tavella and Jane K. Lê
Forgotten interactions: Invoking top managers in middle managerial strategizing
Session II: Thursday, July 06, 14:00 to 15:30, SP s12 (ground floor)
Seeking Strategic Agency: Political Dynamics in Enacting Strategic Roles and Practices
Chair: Ann Langley
José Luis Alvarez and Silviya Svejenova
Strategizing (in) the C-suite: The micropolitics of CXO roles
Andrea Whittle, Alan Gilchrist and Frank Mueller
The moral order of strategy: Strategizing as boundary work
Eero Aalto and Zeerim Cheung
Political strategies and the increase of top management managerial discretion
Session III: Friday, July 07, 09:00 to 10:30, SP s12 (ground floor)
Strategizing across Spaces: Front-stage and Back-stage Practices
Chair: Shenghui Ma
Matthias Wenzel, Madeleine Rauch, Jochen Koch and Michael Hartmann
Staged strategy-making: How top managers enact induced strategic actions
Tania Weinfurtner and David Seidl
Strategic issues looking for spaces, spaces looking for strategic issues
Uche Ogwude
Front-stage performances: Analysing Annual General Meetings from a ritual perspective
Session IV: Friday, July 07, 11:00 to 12:30
- Parallel Stream -
Parallel Stream A: Strategizing over Time: Temporal Dynamics and Temporal Work in Strategy Process - Room: SP s12 (ground floor)
Chair: Martin Friesl
Winston Kwon, Julia Balogun, Eero Vaara and Martin Friesl
The missing link: The construction of links between strategic initiatives through narrative work by top managers
Mette Vinther Larsen
Stuck in a moment you can't get out of: When undesirable prospective memories complicate a manager's temporal work
Kai Inga Storm, Thomas Frandsen and Jawwad Z. Raja
Moving service innovation into the strategic arena of product-centric companies: R&D portfolios and technology roadmaps
Parallel Stream B: Cognition and Competence in TMTs: Dynamics of Imprinting and Development - Room: SP D420 (4th floor)
Chair: David Seidl
Bénédicte Deryckere and Caroline Gauthier
Making sense of sustainability issues: The role of cognitive structural alignment and enterprise logic
Suvi-Tuuli Helin and Timo Vuori
Emotion regulation in strategizing in management consultant context
Rose Hiquet and Thomas Straub
How firm reactions to controversies are (not) imprinted in the top management team composition. A panel data investigation
Florian Garms
Relating top management team structure to strategy: Can functional managers help entrepreneurial CEOs to boost firm performance?
Parallel Stream C: CEO Succession Dynamics: Sensemaking, TMT Formation, and Strategic Change - Room: SP D220 (2nd floor)
Chair: Silviya Svejenova
Matthias Waldkirch
“It’s all about love and hate, and how to balance them”: Navigating ambivalence in the process of CEO succession
Satu Koskinen and Anna-Maija Lämsä
Making sense of CEO dismissal
Alexander Alexiev and Xavier Castañer
Strategizing and configuring the top team while balancing multiple priorities
and Bassam Farah
Are heirs apparent capable of strategic change?
Session V: Friday, July 07, 14:00 to 15:30, SP s12 (ground floor)
Managing Strategic Change: Practices of Sensemaking and Suspension
Chair: Ann Langley
Krista Pettit and Julia Balogun
Guided sensemaking of senior management: The role of materiality in linking interpretation and action
Ella Lillqvist and Johanna Moisander
Discursive leadership of strategic change: Emotions as discursive resources in guided sensemaking
Martin Friesl and Loizos Heracleous
Running to stand still: The suspension ofstrategic change as a response to co-evolutionary lock-in
Session VI: Saturday, July 08, 09:00 to 10:30, SP s12 (ground floor)
Making Strategic Decisions: Micro-processes and Practices of Shaping Strategy
Chair: Loizos Heracleous
Charles (Richard) V. O'Quinn, Jorgen Sandberg and Andreas Paul Spee
Leaders' practice of strategic decision making
Astrid Jensen and Anders Klitmøller
Top-management strategizing: Exploring narratives as micro-strategies
Sarah Browne, Pamela Sharkey Scott and Vincent Mangematin
Commotion, conflict and chaos: How top managers allocate their attention to get strategy done
Session VII: Saturday, July 08, 11:00 to 12:30, SP 202 (2nd floor)
Joint Panel: Top Managers and Identity Tensions in Strategizing (joint session with sub-theme 49)
Chair: Julia Balogun
Shenghui Ma
Dynamics of CEO identity: How CEOs construct their identity in relation to different stakeholders
This joint session features a panel discussion following the presentation of a paper from each sub-theme that combines the two topics (top managers and identity). Chaired by Julia Balogun, the panel includes David Oliver, David Seidl and Andrea Whittle.