I am preparing my presentation for the Chief Strategy Officer Summit which will be held in London, April 25-26, 2013. I will be talking about the struggle with strategy implementation. We have enough evidence that most companies find it extremely challenging to implement their intended strategies. Many barriers to implementation have been reported by researchers, including poor communication, lack of resource, conflicting priorities, ineffective decision making, and many more. These are certainly serious problems, but are they they real problems? Or are these symptoms to more systemic problems?
In my presentation, I argue that there are less visible barriers to strategy implementation. I think it is critical that we conduct systemic analyses of those barriers through the appreciation of the complex nature of organizations. I think it is this complex nature of the organization that makes strategy implementation an extremely challenging process. I will share some thoughts on how companies could overcome some of those challenges by better understand the complex structure of the organization.