Strategies as Discursive Constructions: The Case of Airline Alliances

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Julkaisun nimi: Strategies as Discursive Constructions: The Case of Airline Alliances
Tekijä: Vaara, Eero; Kleymann, Birgit; Seristö, Hannu
Tiivistelmä: In this paper, we argue that by examining the discursive elements in strategy talk we can contribute to our understanding of the myriad of microprocesses and practices that make up strategies. We focus on airline alliances as a particularly illustrative case. Based on a critical discourse analysis of an extensive material of strategy talk on airline alliances, we point to five types of discursive practices that characterize strategizing in this context in 1995–2000: (1) problematization of traditional strategies; (2) rationalization, objectification and factualization of alliance benefits; (3) fixation of ambiguous independence concerns; (4) reframing of cooperation problems as ‘implementation’ issues; and (5) naturalization of alliance strategies. While we want to emphasize the context-specificity of these practices, we claim that similar types of discursive practices are also likely to be an inherent part of strategizing in other settings.
Päiväys: 2004-01-01


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