Approaches to Strategic Planning

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Decision Making

  • Who makes decisions about existing provision/proposed provision?

  • Who is consulted in the process?

  • How often and in what ways does consultation happen?

Strategic Plans are ways of presenting this information so that for each area of activity there are clear descriptions of the current situation, together with a relevant and detailed plan of action for future development. Contents should include:

Strategic Plans can take many forms and it’s important to choose a format which reflects the organisation's style and approach, and which is accessible for all its potential readers. A lot of information can be communicated through graphics - tables, charts, diagrams with simple explanations can be much more digestible and attractive than pages of text.


  1. Waterman, R. Jr., Peters, T. and Phillips, J.R. “Structure Is Not Organisation”. Business Horizons. 23,3 June 1980. 14-26.

  2. Peters, T., Waterman, R. (1982) “In Search of Excellence”, New York, London: Harper & Row.

  3. Pascale, R., Athos, A. (1981) “The Art of Japanese Management”, London: Penguin Books.

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