Strategy Management-at-Scale: How Does It Differ from Strategic Management of Organizations?




Inizio: Apr 29 | 12:15 pm

Fine : Apr 29 | 01:45 pm

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organizations |
strategic planning

Via Lambruschini, 4B 20156 Milano MI

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Building BL26/B – Room 0.19 (ground floor)
Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering
Via R. Lambruschini 4/B, 20156 Milano


John Bryson
University of Minnesota, USA



Strategic planning and management are well-established features of public and nonprofit organizations. Increasingly, however, these organizations are called on to address challenges that go far beyond individual organizations’ boundaries and direct control. In other words, there is a significant mismatch between the scale of the challenges and what any single organization can do to address them. Unfortunately, there is little evidence and not enough theorizing about how strategizing and strategy management at the scale of these cross-organizational, cross-level, cross-sector challenges can lead to better outcomes and greater public value.
What is it about this new context that requires adaptations or rethinking of strategic planning and management, and what kinds of adaptations are necessary? How can strategic planning and management contribute to robust governance in these larger systems of challenging situations wherein multiple organizations and groups are affected, involved, or have some responsibility to act? What does strategy management-at-scale look like, and what seems to contribute to its success?


John Bryson is McKnight Presidential Professor Emeritus at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He works primarily in the areas of leadership, strategic management, collaboration, and the design of organizational and community change processes. He wrote the best-selling and award-winning Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, 5th Edition (Wiley, 2018), and co-wrote with Barbara C. Crosby the award-winning Leadership for the Common Good, 2nd Edition (Wiley, 2005). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Professor Bryson has many awards for his work, including lifetime scholarly achievement awards, most recently the 2021 Routledge Prize from the International Research Society for Public Management. He has served in a variety of roles at the university and Humphrey School, including twice being associate dean. He has consulted with a wide variety of governing bodies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit corporations in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.



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