A review of strategic visioning and organizational performance: epistemological challenges

Kristiina Niemi-Kaija*, Steven Pattinson

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The purpose of this systematic narrative review is to discourse on vision and organizational performance. By analysing work-life and organization studies journals, the authors respond to a call to view the process of visioning more holistically.


The methodological approach is a discourse-oriented qualitative content analysis. The authors explore visioning through an epistemological lens, which emphasizes both the connections and differences between “traditional” philosophical approaches.


The findings show how the different interpretations of vision and related concepts are tied to the following themes: clarity, causality, embodiment and sensory experiences and actionability.


Through the frameworks of scientific realism and relativism, the authors illustrate novel insights into the ways in which visioning occupies a place in knowledge management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-688
Number of pages16
JournalManagement Research Review
Issue number5
Early online date30 Nov 2023
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2024

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