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Rethinking the Concept of performance in strategy research: Towards a performativity perspective


Guérard, Stéphane; Langley, Ann; Seidl, David (2013). Rethinking the Concept of performance in strategy research: Towards a performativity perspective. M@n@gement, 16(5):566-578.

Abstract

Organizational performance is an important concept in strategy research. In this paper, we interrogate the predominant focus on organizational performance as an aggregate organizational-level dependent variable and review three ways in which its role might be fruitfully reconsidered: (1) broadening consideration of performance to more disaggregated levels of analysis, (2) orienting research around the idea of performance as both input and outcome and finally (3) recasting performance in terms of performativity. We provide examples of research that has adopted each of these alternative approaches. We then examine the contributions and drawbacks of each perspective, before proposing an agenda for future research.

Abstract

Organizational performance is an important concept in strategy research. In this paper, we interrogate the predominant focus on organizational performance as an aggregate organizational-level dependent variable and review three ways in which its role might be fruitfully reconsidered: (1) broadening consideration of performance to more disaggregated levels of analysis, (2) orienting research around the idea of performance as both input and outcome and finally (3) recasting performance in terms of performativity. We provide examples of research that has adopted each of these alternative approaches. We then examine the contributions and drawbacks of each perspective, before proposing an agenda for future research.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:performance, performativity, strategy as practice, strategy process
Language:English
Date:1 March 2013
Deposited On:27 Oct 2014 14:29
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 07:39
Publisher:D M S P Research Center
ISSN:1286-4892
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.management-aims.com/PapersMgmt/165Guerard.pdf
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:8953

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