Understanding strategic planning and the formulation and implementation of strategic plans as a way of knowing: The contributions of actor-network theory

John M Bryson, BARBARA C. Crosby, JOHN K. Bryson

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Abstract

This article has two purposes: first, to take seriously the notion of strategic planning as a way of knowing, and second, to argue that actor-network theory provides a particularly apposite method for understanding whether and how strategic planning works in particular circumstances. Pursuit of these purposes also helps illuminate possible contributions of strategic planning to inclusive, participative, and democratic public management. The paper is illustrated with examples from the 1995 and 2007 strategic planning and subsequent implementation efforts of MetroGIS, an organization created to foster widespread sharing of geospatial information primarily among public organizatons serving the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minnesota, USA, and further, to enhance their individual and collective effectiveness. The Metropolitan Council, the regional government, is the primary sponsor of MetroGIS, which is comprised of over 300 organizational partners across the region. Conclusions are offered about the importance of viewing and studying strategic planning as a way of knowing and as a potential vehicle for inclusive public management in a democratic society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-207
Number of pages36
JournalInternational Public Management Journal
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

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