Choice, chance, and inevitability in strategy
De Rond, Mark; Thiétart, Raymond-Alain (2007), Choice, chance, and inevitability in strategy, Strategic Management Journal, 28, 5, p. 535-551. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/smj.602
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Journal nameStrategic Management Journal
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Abstract (EN)We propose a theory to manage the uneasy relation between strategic choice, chance, and determinism (or inevitability). To do so, we locate arguments in intellectual history that have a clear bearing on this relation. We introduce and defend four conjectures that outline the relationship between each of them and their comparative significance. The paper thus aims at achieving three objectives: (a) to articulate a philosophically sustainable theory of strategic choice that corroborates experience (without being induced by it); (b) to synthesize what remains one of the most sustained debates in strategy, namely the nature, role, and relation of choice, chance and determinism; and (c) to contribute to developing a foundation for multilevel research.
Subjects / KeywordsBusiness environment; Decision making; Uncertainty management; strategic choice; causation; philosophy
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