How leaders exercise emergent strategy? Lessons from Moshe Dayan

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This paper to uncovers how leaders practice emergent strategy as a core strategic philosophy. The article uses the case of general and statesman Moshe Dayan as a principal case study to uncover leadership and management practices of emergent strategy. Following a discussion on the emergent versus deliberate strategy schools, I show why Moshe Dayan as a leader can be considered as an archetype of the emergent approach worth studying. I then present six leadership principles that enabled him to practice the emergent approach. The article concludes with discussion of the limitations and value of the emergent approach for leaders today.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-292
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Strategic Studies
Issue number2
Early online date25 Aug 2021
StateE-pub ahead of print - 25 Aug 2021

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  • Israel
  • Moshe Dayan
  • emergent strategy
  • leadership
  • strategy formulation


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