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Relational pluralism: organizational foresight in practice

Sarpong, D., Maclean, M., O'Regan, N. and Ghobadian, A. (2013) Relational pluralism: organizational foresight in practice. Academy of Management Proceedings.

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To link to this item DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2013.48


This paper examines organizational foresight from a relational perspective. In doing this, we present relational incumbency as a transient conceptual framework to explore how the organizing social relationships and interactions of lower participants may influence organizational foresightfulness. The research employed an exploratory case-based approach with three software organisations and their four new product innovation projects serving as the empirical research sites. Drawing on the case evidence, we provide an account on how normative organizing structures, rights and authority relationships constitutively influence the creative emergence of organizational foresight in practice. We conclude the paper with a discussion of the managerial implications and some directions for future research.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:37891
Uncontrolled Keywords:organizational foresight; organizing architecture; relationalism
Additional Information:Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Conference 2013 Orlando FL
Publisher:Academy of Management

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