Identifying and Classifying Behavioral Barriers in Implementation of Strategic Transformation Plans: Qualitative Meta- Synthesis Approach

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Organizational Behavior Trend, Aras Campus, University of Tehran, Jolfa, Iran

2 Faculty of Management and Accounting, Farabi Campus, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


Existence of behavioral barriers in employees is not a subject to be easily ignored in implementation of strategic transformational plans, but it is often neglected or less addressed because in this process the preparation of technical and feasibility aspects of transformational plans is the focal point and implementation steps and evaluation of these plans are ignored. Therefore, this research seeks to identify and classify behavioral barriers in implementation of strategic transformational plans by reviewing previous researches and based on qualitative meta-Synthesis analysis method. Statistical population includes papers and researches related to implementation of strategic transformational plans and the sampling method is also meaningful. The data analyzed in the present study are extracted from (secondary data) researches published from 1985 to 2019 from two ISI and Scopus databases, the subject of which is “strategy implementation”. The method of data analysis is open source coding based on which selected papers have been reviewed and the initial codes have been extracted and the results are classified in 112 initial codes, 14 concepts and 5 categories. Finally, five categories including Inefficiency of managers, Inefficiency of leaders, Inefficiency of employees, Cultural inefficiencies and Systems Inefficiency, were identified and introduced as behavioral barriers in implementation of strategic transformational plans.


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