Is Strategy Development a 'Chaotic' Process?

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Is Strategy Development a 'Chaotic' Process?
Ken Gordon MBA PMP, Strategy Consultant, United Kingdom, Premium Member
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 strategic planning) AND simultaneously emergent. Is this emergent element influencing change on the predetermined according to the realities experience, therefore 'chaotic'?
Communication of the strategic intent 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'?
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Strategy not a Chaotic Process
Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
Strategy is not a chaotic process. Rather, it is a logical and systematic approach which may be time consuming but when properly managed would yield i...Sign up

Strategy not a Chaotic Process
Istvan Szeman, Consultant, Hungary, Member
I would say it is either a process or indeed a chaos (meaning: the strategy of being tactical).
What is true, nevertheless:
The practice of ...Sign up

Strategy and Chaos
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
For a situation to be defined as "Chaos" it must meet 3 conditions:
1. It must be sensitive to initial conditions;
2. It must exhibit topolo...Sign up

The Consequence of Complexity for Strategy Formulation
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
Chaos refers to the issue of whether or not it is possible to make accurate long-term predictions about the behavior of a system, such as an organizat...Sign up

Strategy is a Planned Process, not Chaotic
Kishan Solanki, Manager, United Arab Emirates, Member
I agree with analysis provided by @Istvan Szeman. Certainly, strategy is a planned process, in the sense that it is...Sign up

Is Strategy Chaotic or Just Haphazard?
Alan Kennedy
My issue with trying to determine whether strategy is logical or chaotic is that, in my experience, I find in most organizations, it is just plain hap...Sign up

A Strategy of High Reactivity
Zondervan, Management Consultant, Netherlands, Member
I think we need to separate two things here:
- One being the nature of the ecosystem which, depending in type of industry, may exhibit random, ch...Sign up

Developing a Strategy is not Linear
Gabriel Montgomery, Strategy Consultant, Sweden, Member
A good strategy process has a hypothesis that is tested by the participants. It is chaotic in the same way a learning process is chaotic. The more you...Sign up

We Need to Be More Like Weather Forecasters
Grant Robertson
Interesting and timely discussion thread, thanks all. Often strategy is used to convey a sense of determinism (certainty) which, in longer time frames...Sign up

Strategic Process not Chaotic But Orderly and Systematic
Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
While issues into the working of a strategic process may be diverse and incoherent, the end result would be one that is non-linear and converging to w...Sign up

The Strategist as Weather Forecaster
Alan Kennedy
Mr. Robertson's comparison of strategists to weather forecasters is very helpful. My experience tells me that many organizations are not being careful...Sign up

A Changing Approach to Strategy
Ken Gordon MBA PMP, Strategy Consultant, United Kingdom, Premium Member
It is clear from the literature on strategy and strategic development, that the views of the key authors, relating to the efficacy of strategic choice...Sign up

Flexibility in Strategic Planning
Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
@Ken Gordon MBA: I agree that the strategic process should incorporate a certain degree of flexibility to accommoda...Sign up

Competing on the Edge
jorge A A Blacutt O, Teacher, Bolivia, Member
Shona L. Brown & Kathleen M. Eisenhardt in "Competing on the edge. Stra...Sign up

Strategy not a Chaotic Process
Istvan Szeman, Consultant, Hungary, Member
@Ken Gordon MBA: I fully agree that flexibility is a strategic objective.
There are striking examples of this ...Sign up

The Time Frame Attached to Strategies
Grant Robertson
Thanks all for some interesting insights.
I note very little commentary on time frames. As we all contribute, are we on the same page with regard...Sign up

Time Frames Attached to Strategies
Ken Gordon MBA PMP, Strategy Consultant, United Kingdom, Premium Member
In my response to the question 'what is strategy' I note that "... Convergence of the results of current actions with a predicted future is the essent...Sign up

Reducing Chaos in Strategy Development
Ranjeet Menon, Project Manager, India, Member
Strategy development can be simplified if
1. The purpose of strategy and its possible impact at the business and organization level is clearly un...Sign up

Chaotic Strategy May Be Better Called Emergent Strategy
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, Premium Member
Strategy is not always as chaotic as it might seem. The most known "chaotic" style is called emergent strategy in the so called Learning School. In th...Sign up


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