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Now in its third edition, this Handbook is essential for students and researchers in Strategic Management and Organizational Theory and Behaviour. The Strategy as Practice approach moves away from the disembodied and asocial study of firm assets, technologies and practices, towards the study of strategizing as an activity. Strategy is understood as something people do rather than something a firm has. This perspective explores how strategizing contributes to an organizations' daily operations at all levels. Through detailed empirical studies of the everyday activities and practice of people engaged in strategizing, the Handbook investigates who strategists are, what strategists do, how they do it, and what the consequences of their actions are. Featuring new authors and additional or fundamentally updated and revised chapters, this edition provides a state-of-the-art overview of recent reflections and works in this rapidly growing stream of strategic management, whilst also presenting a research agenda for the next decade.


‘The third edition of the Handbook adds a dozen new chapters and updates many existing ones, while keeping the foundational contributions that link strategy as practice with major social and organization theories. It continues to be a wonderful reference work. This third edition also signals the dynamism and vibrancy of strategy as practice, from which truly novel and unexpected research findings will continue to emerge.’Robert A. Burgelman, Stanford University

‘A tempting smorgasbord of fresh thinking! This third edition of the Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice keeps pace with the rapidly evolving research in this cutting-edge perspective on strategy. Here the emphasis is on what real strategists actually do as they practice their craft. It is a must-read for serious students of strategy who want a realistic view that goes beyond the lens of micro-economics. Readers are in for a treat with this theoretically rich and practically compelling volume.’Kathleen Eisenhardt, Stanford University

‘Now in its third edition, this terrific volume has been refreshed with updated chapters and lots of new ones. It offers fresh perspectives on studying organizations and their strategies from a sociological viewpoint. It’s essential reading for anyone curious about solving tough organizational problems.’Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria

‘The third edition of the Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice is an intellectual delight. It reflects both the deep roots of the SAP approach within philosophical and theoretical traditions and its fantastic ongoing regeneration, integrating cutting-edge developments in theory, methodology, and topic areas. It also balances theoretical depth and practical relevance. Reading it makes an insightful scholarly adventure that illuminates strategy, practice, and organizing more broadly.’Tammar Zilber, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem


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