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Open Strategy in a Research Organization: Joint Exploration of Research Opportunities in Logistics IT

: Sturm, Flavius; Pott, Christoph


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation, ICE/ITMC 2020. Proceedings : Virtual Conference, 15 - 17 June 2020
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-7281-7037-4
ISBN: 978-1-7281-7038-1
9 S.
International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE) <26, 2020, Online>
Fraunhofer INT ()
logistics; open strategy; strategic foresight; strategic planning

This paper investigates the efforts of an independent research organization to explore future research opportunities by establishing a so-called 'research map'. The existing organizational set-up and the existing practices of the research organization are quite unique, as it is composed of several interdisciplinary and inter-organizational units ('research clans'), which favor participatory decision-making. The authors present a case study that primarily draws on research on 'open strategy', a research stream within the broader strategic management literature that puts emphasis on a high degree of involvement of the members of an organization (and other stakeholders). By observing the open strategy-making process in the research organization, we shed more light on the real-world application of open strategy concepts.