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Many tech firms and government departments have senior executives whose day job is science. How they can also work as strategists has received little attention. We relate how leading scientists set mid-term research funding priorities worth billions of dollars while addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Using scenario planning, they utilized a phenomenological epistemology better suited to strategy in turbulent conditions (such as the pandemic) instead of the dominant positivism in their scientific work. This article provides insights for scientists interested in strategy and those seeking to reframe an urgent situation with the help of a useful longer-term perspective.


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California Management Review


SAGE Publications

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