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Strategy, discourse and practice: the intensification of power

Hardy, Cynthia ORCID: and Thomas, Robyn ORCID: 2014. Strategy, discourse and practice: the intensification of power. Journal of Management Studies 51 (2) , pp. 320-348. 10.1111/joms.12005

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We adopt a Foucauldian approach to discourse to show how power relations shape the constitution of strategy. By exploring two particular discourses associated with the strategy of a global telecommunications company, our study shows how the power effects of discourses are intensified through particular discursive and material practices, leading to the production of objects and subjects that are clearly aligned with the strategy. In this way, our study contributes to understanding: the mechanisms whereby discourse bears down on strategy through intensification practices; different forms of resistance; and the way in which strategy objects and subjects reproduce (or undermine) discourse.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: discourse; power; strategic change; strategy-as-practice; resistance
Additional Information: Online publication date: 23 November 2012.
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0022-2380
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:12

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