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‘Strategic Management in (a) Crisis?’ Uncertainty, Imprecision & the Incomplete as Axioms in Building Appropriate Theory

Davis, Paul (2011) ‘Strategic Management in (a) Crisis?’ Uncertainty, Imprecision & the Incomplete as Axioms in Building Appropriate Theory. In: WBS Research & Knowledge Transfer Conference, 11th May 2011, Worcester Business School. (Unpublished)

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This Paper argues that a key task in understanding crisis situations lies in how their general manifestations penetrate into and affect individual enterprises. One transmission mechanism for moving crisis around is studied here: uncertainty based on incomplete propositions (enthymemes). The challenges posed by incompletely specified commerce are traced, using Latourian tools of relational materiality. Conventional approaches to enterprise planning born of strategic management theory may be a barrier to dealing with the incomplete, but their overthrowing is likely to evoke considerable conflict. The Paper concludes with some practical lines for organising a new approach to managing with enthymemes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: strategic management, strategic planning, managing enthymemes, enthymeme, crisis, relational materiality,
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
Depositing User: Paul Davis
Date Deposited: 19 May 2011 08:45
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:24

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