Stephanie Dunk

Dissertation Working Title: Opening and Closing a Large-Scale Strategic Conversation: The rhetorical strategies available to participants in of the University of Sydney's 2011-2015 strategic planning process

Supervisor: Leanne Cutcher

Rhetoric has been recognised as a key element of strategy-making, and plays an important role in management attempts to exert authority and manage expectations during strategy processes. Further, a distinctive genre of strategic planning has emerged, with it's own common rhetorical moves. Using the case study of the University of Sydney's 2011-2015 strategic planning process, Stephanie's dissertation will examine how written strategy documents are used by management to open and close a strategic conversation. In addition, it will examine the formal responses received during consultation for the rhetorical moves available to those outside of the top management team who elect to participate in the strategy-making process.