The influence of decision, environmental and firm characteristics on the rationality of strategic decision-making

Said Elbanna, John Child

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Abstract

This paper develops an integrated model of strategic decision-making rationality. The model is informed by three perspectives that respectively identify decision, environmental and firm characteristics as influences on the rationality of decision processes. The results of a study in Egypt indicate that the rationality of strategic decision-making processes is shaped by variables identified by all three perspectives, and that such decision processes cannot adequately be modelled in terms of a single perspective only. However, the study also suggests that the three perspectives do not contribute in equal measure to explaining strategic decision making, and that the national setting is relevant for the extent to which strategic decision-makers take account of environmental characteristics. The location of the investigation in Egypt highlights some deviations from previous research that could be attributed to nation-specific factors, both cultural and institutional.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-591
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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