Strategy, strategists and fantasy: a dialogic constructionist perspective

Robert MacIntosh, Nic Beech

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    The purpose of this paper is to contribute a constructionist perspective to debates in the strategy literature about the ways in which managers conduct strategy work. The authors build on observations that fantasy plays a central role in strategy work and aim to focus on the ways in which fantasies of self and other operate in the identity work of participants in the process of developing strategy. Design/methodology/approach - The study presents an inductive approach based on extended participant observation in two different organizations. Each engagement lasted about three years and the analysis is based on data gathered in meetings, workshops, focus groups, interviews and other informal settings. Findings - The paper presents four different types of fantasy, which were observed in the data set. These fantasies are labeled: helpful pairing; the arms race; the eternal optimist and the merchant of doom. It is also suggested that there are three useful dimensions that might b
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)15-37
    Number of pages23
    JournalAccounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • Strategic planning
    • Social interaction
    • Role playing
    • Strategic management
    • Fantasy
    • Role play
    • Methodology


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