Visual Interactions with Strategy Tools: Producing Strategic Knowledge in Workshops

Sotirios Paroutis, L. Alberto Franco, Thanos Papadopoulos

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How do managers visually interact with strategy tools during workshops to produce knowledge about strategic issues? Building on the strategy-as-practice perspective and visual organization studies, we conceptualize workshops as arenas where visual interaction with strategy tools takes place. Following this approach, we examine how a top management team creates a strategy tool during a workshop (using primarily video data). Our findings reveal three distinctive patterns of visual interactions: shift, inertia, and assembly. We also show how each of these patterns is enabled by the affordances of the tool used. Our study contributes to theoretical elaborations of how actors visually interact with strategy tools, which offers extensions to the strategy-as-practice and visual organization literatures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S48-S66
Number of pages0
JournalBritish Journal of Management
Issue numberS1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


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