The power of pluralism for urban strategies

Monique H. Arkesteijn*, Leentje Volker

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Although several strategy scholars have pleaded for a pluralistic approach, not many have empirically shown the actual implementation of pluralism in strategic real estate decisions. In this article we demonstrate the value of implementing pluralism for the design of a real estate strategy of a Dutch university campus. Three strategic projects - an Ideas Competition, a Think Tank and a Campus Vision - made it possible to consider a wide range of options and to display the dynamic interrelations between the objects (buildings), the portfolio (the campus) and the urban context (the city). The results show that pluralism is a powerful approach to make decisions about real estate and urban planning strategies at a pragmatic as well as on a strategic level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-336
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Campus management
  • Corporate real estate management
  • Organisational decision making
  • Strategy pluralism
  • Urban planning

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