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WORKSHOP ON UNDERSTANDING ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXT


ST ANDREWS, U.K. - JUNE 12-13, 2003
CHAIRPERSONS

Professor Peter McKiernan
Dept. of Management
University of St. Andrews
St. Andrews - Scotland
U.K.

Professor Hari Tsoukas
ALBA, Greece & Strathclyde Graduate Business School
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow - Scotland
U.K.

PROGRAMME

Please click HERE to download the workshop programme

DEADLINES

Submission of abstracts and papers: 18 April 2003

Submission of full papers: 30 May 2003

CALL FOR PAPERS

The main schools of thought in strategic management (Planning, Learning, Positioning and Resources) have embraced strategy context, content and process issues with a different emphasis on each component. The majority of academic exploration has surrounded the latter two, while contextual analyses has remained firmly under the conventional environmental scanning techniques of PEST, 5-Forces and the OT component of a SWOT. Ironically, as organisational contexts have changed markedly, our treatments of them have not responded with the pace or sensitivity to remain in close and meaningful strategic harmony. The aim of this workshop is to help close this gap.

Recent years have witnessed an increasing acceptance of qualitative means of exploring environmental contexts. Perhaps the most significant of these is scenario thinking. Its power in environmental perception, synthesis and sense making has not been incorporated fully within a comprehensive strategic management model. Other developments e.g. cognitive mapping, have shared a similar fate. This first workshop hopes to bring expert knowledge of these cognate fields to inform better the development of conceptual and empirical work in strategic management. Therefore, this is not just a workshop for strategy scholars but one for those from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

Papers that address issues in the following areas are indicative (but not exclusive) of the topics likely to be addressed:

  • The nature of environmental context in today’s business world
  • Risk and uncertainty in the new business environment
  • Future environmental states; their shapers, drivers and scenarios
  • How organisations make sense of their environments; perceptions, cognition, paradigms, recipes, cognitive mapping
  • The role of time (horizontal or vertical) in dealing with contextual issues
  • Coping techniques; e.g. scenario thinking versus forecasting
  • Practical reason in strategy making
  • Environmental knowledge building and learning
  • How environmental context influences strategy content
  • How environmental context influences strategy process
  • How environmental context shapes strategic decision making

Papers can be theoretical or empirical, or both.

In case you want to present a paper at the workshop, you are requested to submit an extended abstract (approximately 500 words) or even better a draft paper before April 18th,2003

PRACTICALITIES

LOCATION

The whole workshop will take place at the Rusacks Hotel (http://www.golftravel4u.com/hotelproofs/14_1rusacks.html)

ACCOMMODATION

Here are some hotels suggested.

The Russacks Hotel ****: Tel. 44 1334474321 - Price : £85 (number of rooms limited !)
The Russell Hotel *** : Tel. 44 1334 473447 - Price : £39 – 100
The Pilmour Hotel *** : Tel. 44 1334 473252 - Price : £35 – 55
The Scores Hotel *** : Tel. 44 1334 472451- Price : £83 -179
Annadale Guest House *** : Tel. 44 1334 475310 - Price : £22 -30
Arran House *** : Tel. 44 1334 474724 - Price : £27 – 35
The Tudor Inn ** : Tel. 44 1334 474906 - Price : £30 - 35
New Hall *** : Tel. 44 1334 462000 - Price : £32.70 – 40.90
St Andrews Golf Hotel : Tel : 44 1334472611 - Price : 160 £ for standard room (double)
107 £ for Single room - 180 £ for Superior room.


JOINING INSTRUCTIONS AND USEFUL WEB SITES

Here are 2 web sites containing instructions to reach St. Andrews, maps, touristic information, travel details ....

http://www.standrews.co.uk/fife/travel.htm

http://www.saint-andrews.co.uk

It is recommanded to fly to Edinburgh.
From the airport, go to the train station (take the airport bus or Taxi to the station : price +/- £ 10-12 ). It is also possible take a coach to reach St Andrews but it is twice as long !

There are 2 train stations : Haymarket Station (which is a bit closer) or the Waverly Station (the main station - more tourist friendly).

Take the train to Leuchars Station (on the line Aberdeen).
The journey is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Price of the trip ca £ 12-14 .

For train times : http://www.scotrail.co.uk
For coach times : http://www.stagecoachbus.com

St Andrews is 15 minutes away for the station. It is recommanded to take a taxi or catch the coach.

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The University of St Andrews' web site

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk

Fees will be posted shortly

Payments should be made by :

  • The following credit cards: Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard/Access
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ADMINISTRATION

Ms. Graziella Michelante - EIASM Conference Manager
EIASM - PASSAGE DU NORD - 19 - 1000 BRUSSELS - BELGIUM
Tel: +32 2 226 66 62 - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: michelante@eiasm.be