Exploring the long-term effect of strategy work: The case of Sustainable Sydney 2030

Kornberger, Martin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1682-770X and Meyer, Renate and Höllerer, Markus (2021) Exploring the long-term effect of strategy work: The case of Sustainable Sydney 2030. Urban Studies, 58 (16). pp. 3316-3334. ISSN 0042-0980

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Abstract

Strategy has become an important concern and practical tool in urban management and governance, with the literature highlighting implementation as a hallmark of effective strategy. Whilst such a strategy–action link (which we label here as ‘implementation nexus’) has been well estab-lished, other long-term effects have been documented in less detail. Our study of Sustainable Sydney 2030 finds that strategy was effective to the extent to which it changed the institutional apriori of what a collective of actors engaged in city-making knows, what it can articulate and how its members relate to each other. We capture this effect as ‘institution nexus’ and theorise ourfindings with Ludwik Fleck’s concept of ‘thought style’ of a focal ‘thought collective’ – notions that also centrally influenced Mary Douglas’ work on ‘how institutions think’. We contribute to extant research by adding the institution nexus as a long-term effect of urban strategy as well as by advancing strategy theory in urban studies to foreground its ability to shape institutions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: effect, institution, Sustainable Sydney 2030, thought collective, thought style, urban strategy
Divisions: Departments > Management > Organization Studies
Forschungsinstitute > Urban Management and Governance
Forschungsinstitute > Urban Management and Governance > Meyer
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2021 09:15
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2021 16:48
Related URLs:
FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/98562/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/7962

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