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The Symbolic Management of Strategic Change: Sensegiving via Framing and Decoupling, Academy of Management Journal

Abstract

This study develops a symbolic management perspective on strategic change to predict and test the antecedents and consequences of how firms frame strategic change. Using data from a sample of contemporary German corporations, we find support for our predictions that firms (1) use specific framing language that fits better with their divergent stakeholder preferences, (2) use language that decouples espousal and actual implementation of strategic change, and (3) realize positive market responses to institutionally appropriate frames of change.

Type

Article

Author(s)

Peer C. Fiss, Edward Zajac

Date Published

2006

Citations

Fiss, C. Peer, and Edward Zajac. 2006. The Symbolic Management of Strategic Change: Sensegiving via Framing and Decoupling. Academy of Management Journal. 49(6): 1173-1193.

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