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Cranfield Webinar Series on Complexity and Strategy

  • 1.  Cranfield Webinar Series on Complexity and Strategy

    Posted 01-15-2021 07:53
    The Strategy Group at Cranfield School of Management (UK) invites you to the new webinar series that explores new developments in scholarship at the intersection of complexity, evolutionary theory, and strategy.

    Webinar: Strategic Context Determination as an Underexplored Area in Strategy Process and Practice Research

    Speaker: Professor Robert A. Burgelman, Stanford University

    Date and time: Thursday, 28 January 2021; 7 am (Pacific) / 10 am (Eastern) / 3 pm (London) / 8.30 pm (New Delhi). The webinar is scheduled for 1 h 30 min (including Q&A).

    Description: Strategic context determination is an emergent part of the strategy-making process activated by key actors in organizations to resolve the indeterminacy that exists between newly emerging autonomous strategic initiatives and the corporate strategy in force at a particular moment in time. Strategic context determination processes are an important part of the means by which organizations are able to evolve through a process of "becoming," closely related to complexity theory and adaptation at the edge-of-chaos views of organizational evolution. Further research on strategic context determination processes may shed additional light on the determinants of the cycle time of strategic change and corporate innovation and renewal.

    Moderators: Professor Andrey Pavlov & Dr Ibrat Djabbarov, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, UK

    Registration: Please register here to receive a personalized link and a reminder prior to the event.

    About the speaker

    Robert Burgelman is the Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he has taught since 1981. His research has focused on the role of strategy making in firm evolution. In particular, he has studied the strategy-making processes involved in how companies enter into new businesses and exit from existing ones to secure continued adaptation. He is a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Management. Robert Burgelman has published many articles in leading academic and professional journals, as well as a number of books and more than 180 case studies of companies and organizations across a range of industries. He has served as the Executive Director of the Stanford Executive Program (SEP) during 1996-2015, and has taught executive programs and led senior and top management seminars for major companies worldwide. He has also served on boards of directors and boards of advisors of several private companies.

    About Cranfield Strategy Group

    Recognising the complex nature of the social world, we view strategic management as "guided emergence" and are interested in advancing the knowledge of organizational processes and managerial decisions and actions with an eye towards enabling strategists to be effective in a world they cannot control. Our research focuses on the nature of competitive advantage, the processes of value creation and value capture, the evolution of strategic intent, and various aspects of emergent strategy, such as organizational values, sensemaking, and the role of middle managers.

    If you have any questions about this event, please contact Ibrat Djabbarov ( or Andrey Pavlov (

    Ibrat Djabbarov
    Cranfield School of Management