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Content Analysis of Strategic Issue Research 1980-2006


  • Egert Valmra

    () (Tallinn University of Technology)

  • Tomi Laamanen

    () (Helsinki University of Technology)

  • Heikki Saukola

    () (Helsinki University of Technology)


Building on the achievements of the previous research on strategic issue management practices, this paper provides a systematization of the main body of strategic issue management research into three main research streams. These include research on individual issue perception, intra-organizational actions in the strategic issue management context, and organizational responses to strategic issues. Our paper also provides a detailed analysis of linkages between perception research and research on organizational responses to strategic issues. Based on this analysis, we find that direct linkages can be drawn between the two research areas due to the commonly accepted categorization of strategic issues as opportunities and threats. As a synthesis of our review, we put forward a conceptual model of the linkages between the research on issue perception and organizational responses.

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  • Egert Valmra & Tomi Laamanen & Heikki Saukola, 2008. "Content Analysis of Strategic Issue Research 1980-2006," Working Papers 178, Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration, Tallinn University of Technology.
  • Handle: RePEc:ttu:wpaper:178

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    1. Bård Kuvaas, 2002. "An Exploration of Two Competing Perspectives on Informational Contexts in Top Management Strategic Issue Interpretation," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 39(7), pages 977-1001, November.
    2. Kahneman, Daniel & Tversky, Amos, 1979. "Prospect Theory: An Analysis of Decision under Risk," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 47(2), pages 263-291, March.
    3. Daniel R. Denison & Joel A. Kahn & Stuart L. Hart, 1996. "Organizational Context And The Interpretation Of Strategic Issues: A Note On Ceos' Interpretations Of Foreign Investment," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 33(4), pages 453-474, July.
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    Strategy process; strategic issue management; cognition; upper echelon;

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    • L19 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Other
    • L29 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Other

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