Strategy formulation, strategy content and performance: An empirical analysis

Rhys Andrews, George A. Boyne, Jennifer Law, Richard M. Walker

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    This article tests the independent effects of strategy formulation and strategy content on organizational performance. The formulation variables include rational planning, logical instrumentalism and strategy process absence, and the strategy content variables are prospecting, defending and reacting, which are derived from the work of Miles and Snow (1978). The model, which also controls for past performance and service expenditure, is tested upon forty-seven service departments in Welsh local government. The statistical results indicate that logical incrementalism and strategy absence have negative consequences for performance while prospecting and defending are strategies that are likely to result in higher levels of organizational performance. The implications of these findings for public management research are considered.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-22
    Number of pages22
    JournalPublic Management Review
    Volume11
    Issue number1
    Early online date15 Jan 2009
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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    Keywords

    • Empirical study
    • Local government
    • Organizational performance
    • Strategy content
    • Strategy formulation

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    • Management Information Systems
    • Management of Technology and Innovation

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    Strategy formulation, strategy content and performance : An empirical analysis. / Andrews, Rhys; Boyne, George A.; Law, Jennifer; Walker, Richard M.

    In: Public Management Review, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2009, p. 1-22.

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    Andrews, Rhys ; Boyne, George A. ; Law, Jennifer ; Walker, Richard M. / Strategy formulation, strategy content and performance : An empirical analysis. In: Public Management Review. 2009 ; Vol. 11, No. 1. pp. 1-22.
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