Given the lack of insights into the micro-determinants of strategic planning (SP) in public organizations, this study uses information-processing theory and self-efficacy theory to investigate individual-level predictors of commitment to strategic plans among planning team members (PTMs). Specifically, we investigate whether plan commitment is contingent upon the fit between PTMs’ preferred way of information-processing (i.e. their cognitive style) and the information-processing characteristics underlying SP processes in public organizations. Based on data gathered with 439 PTMs from 203 Flemish municipalities, we find that PTMs with a creating and planning style are committed to strategic plans because they deem SP useful.

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Keywords Cognitive styles, information-processing, rational planning, strategic planning, user acceptance
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Journal Public Management Review: an international journal of research and theory
George, B.R.J, Desmidt, S, Cools, E, & Prinzie, A. (2018). Cognitive styles, user acceptance and commitment to strategic plans in public organizations: an empirical analysis. Public Management Review: an international journal of research and theory, 20(3), 340–359. doi:10.1080/14719037.2017.1285112