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Power of the Vague: How Vision Statements Have Mobilized Change in Two Swedish Cities
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2457-6448
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5970-6137
2022 (English)In: Administration & Society, ISSN 0095-3997, E-ISSN 1552-3039, Vol. 54, no 10, p. 2075-2100Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the role of strategic artifacts in realizing change in two Swedish cities. Drawing from qualitative studies of city development projects we illustrate how ambiguous formulations in vision statements constitute a powerful basis for legitimizing actions. As part of establishing linkages between future-oriented vision statements and concrete actions here and now, we highlight the role of materialization. We provide three examples of how the vision statements studied materialized—into organizational structures, management control systems, and communication efforts—and discuss how such materialization implies that only some parts of broad vision statements are translated into practice.

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2022. Vol. 54, no 10, p. 2075-2100
Keywords [en]
vision, municipality, strategic artifacts, materialization
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212550DOI: 10.1177/00953997221113233Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85135074409OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-212550DiVA, id: diva2:1717372
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