The Study of National Strategic Management: A Methodological Discussion - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

The Study of National Strategic Management: A Methodological Discussion

Taieb Hafsi and Pablo Martin de Holan

June, 1996


Economic Research Forum (ERF)


In this paper we propose that like business strategies, national strategies can be studied. National strategies are actually developed, and the problem for researchers is to be able to identify and specify what they are. We tackle more specifically the methodological issues related to this type of research. In a first section, we discuss why it is legitimate to undertake studies of such complex systems as that of a nation. In particular, the conceptual framework that has been used to collect the data is presented. Then, the methodology used in our studies is described. The case of Taiwan (Daleu-Daibé & Hafsi, 1993) is presented as an illustration in section three. Finally, in section four we discuss some of the methodological issues that have been identified. In conclusion, a few comments and recommendations for research are offered.

Arabic Abstract:

في هذه الورقة نقترح امكانية دراسة الاستراتيجيات الوطنية مثلما تدرس استراتيجيات الأعمال. وتكمن المشكلة بالنسبة للباحثين في امكانية تحديد الاستراتيجيات الوطنية التي يتم صياغتها بالفعل وفي تحديد مضمونها. ونعالج هنا بمزيد من التركيز الموضوعات المنهجية المتعلقة بهذا النوع من البحوث. فنناقش في الجزء الأول شرعية القيام بدراسات حول نظم تتميز بالتعقيد كنظام الدولة. ونقدم بوجه خاص الاطار المنهجي المستخدم لجمع البيانات، ثم نشرح المنهج المستخدم في دراستنا. وفي الجزء الثالث، نعرض حالة تايوان (داليو-دايبى وحفصى، 1993) كمثال للتوضيح. ثم نناقش في الجزء الرابع بعض الموضوعات المنهجية التي تم تحديدها. وتختتم الورقة بخلاصة تتضمن تعليقات وتوصيات للبحث.
Research Fellows

Taieb Hafsi

Walter J. Somers Professor of International Strategic Management

Pablo Martin de Holan



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