Original Research

The next step in the strategy–as–practice evolution: A comparative typology matrix

Karen Stander, Marius Pretorius
Acta Commercii | Vol 16, No 1 | a328 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v16i1.328 | © 2016 Karen Stander, Marius Pretorius | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 May 2015 | Published: 29 July 2016

About the author(s)

Karen Stander, Department of Business Management, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Marius Pretorius, Department of Business Management, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Orientation: In 2009, Strategy-as-Practice (S-as-P) research, as a subfield of strategy research, was grouped into nine different domains, and researchers were advised to frame their research within these domains. The papers or works (herein used interchangeably) published with S-as-P as subject, were counted, categorised, and a typology matrix was constructed.
Researchers use this count to indicate a need for research in a specific domain.
Research purpose: The main purpose of this study is to construct a comparative S-as-P typology matrix which accurately depicts the number of papers published in each domain between 2008 and 2015.
Motivation for the study: The S-as-P typology matrix was first published in 2009 (Jarzabkowski & Spee 2009), and at the present moment, six years later, researchers still use the dated number of papers counted in each of the S-as-P domains to indicate a research gap.
Research design, approach and method: A content analysis of all papers, listed by researchers on the official S-as-P website, was conducted. The papers were disseminated and key variables were counted.
Main findings: The comparative typology matrix shows that relative to other domains, domain D appears overly researched, whilst no research has been carried out on domains C and H from 2008 to 2015.
Practical/managerial implications: The comparative S-as-P typology matrix allows researchers to accurately evaluate the need for current research within the chosen domain.
Contribution/value-add: The comparative typology matrix should prevent, as is the case currently with domain D, that domains are over-researched, whilst others receive no research attention.


Strategy-as-Practice; Typology Matrix; Strategy; Strategizing; Strategic


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