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Article Enhancing the ability to think strategically: A learning model Andrea J. Casey Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University, Washington, DC Ellen F. Goldman* Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University, Washington, DC Abstract The ability to think strategically is critical for managers at multiple organizational levels, yet we know little about how this ability develops in individuals. Drawing on literature in strategy, cognitive science and adult learning, we propose a model of learning to think strategically that follows the ‘learning school’ of strategy making (Mintzberg et al., 1998). The model depicts a dynamic, interactive, and iterative experiential learning process. It identifies individual factors, work experiences and organizational factors that contribute knowledge and act together to develop the ability to think strategically. Areas for research are suggested to better understand the learning process. Keywords leadership development; management learning; strategic thinking Introduction Studies across industries and countries have identified top management’s absence of strategic thinking as a major detractor of firm performance (Bonn, 2001; Mason, 1986; Zabriskie and Huellmantel, 1991). Recent theories of strategy making focusing on organizations’ processes and routines indicate strategic thinking is also useful to those working close to the customer (Floyd and Wooldridge, 2000; Johnson et al., 2003). Despite the importance of strategic thinking to managers at multiple organizational levels, we know little about its development. Firms have attempted to enhance their managers’ strategic thinking ability through work and class- room experiences (Vicere, 1998). In both settings, strategy research has focused on collective versus individual processes, such as methods to teach strategy concepts (e.g. case study, scenario building), or on understanding group decision making (Bates and Dillard, 1993; Easterby-Smith and Davies, 1983; *Authors are listed alphabetically; they contributed equally to the manuscript. Corresponding author: Dr Andrea Casey, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University, 2134 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20052 Email: [email protected] Management Learning 41(2) 167–185 © The Author(s) 2010 Reprints and permissions: http://www. sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermission.nav DOI: 10.1177/1350507609355497 http://mlq.sagepub.com at WALDEN UNIVERSITY on January 31, 2016 mlq.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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