Is Strategy Development a 'Chaotic' Process?

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Ken Gordon, Strategy Consultant, United Kingdom
According to Stacey (1993) 'organisations are complex adaptive systems and the patterns in the actions of organisations, which are their strategies, emerge unpredictably in self organising processes.' This accords with the view of 'strategy development' as both predetermined (through ) AND simultaneously . Is this emergent element influencing change on the predetermined according to the realities experience, therefore 'chaotic'? Communication of the acts as the conduit (delivery) and the narrative (content) of the implementation/manifestation of the strategy (patterns in action) or 'strategic development'. Is this 'where the rubber meets the road'? Is this the place where effects easily lose their perceivable association with causes (Stacey 1993), 'the edge of equilibrium'? The use of formal or informal frameworks will only be as effective as management's ability to continuously translate the strategic plans (both business and IT) and their inherent complexities into communicable n (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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