ISE researcher Jørgen Ravn Elkjær received a Recognition Award for Best Papers in the category “Enterprise” at this year’s International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise in London this September. The award was given out for a paper called ‘Entrepreneurial barriers to strategy’.
The paper takes up a discussion about possibilities of creating and changing strategy in organizations, and one point from the paper is how important it is in organizations that want to continue developing strategic management, to leave room for the entrepreneur to play:
In this regard, it is important to consider, as the paper introduction says, that “the relationship between the concepts of change, strategy and entrepreneurship is crucial, since assuming a lack of change, combined with homogeneous elements in the production function, leaves no role for the entrepreneur to play“.
And old discussion much alive today
Point of departure in the award-winning paper is a 50 year old discussion that started when Russian-Americanapplied mathematicianand business manager Igor Ansoff published his book “Corporate Strategy”, posing two alternating hypothesis about the possibilities of creating and changing the strategy in a hierarchy to encompass external changes.