Assignment: Foundations of Strategic Planning
The foundations of strategic planning include a diverse group of theories, models, and real-world application opportunities. One of the most crucial skills for a strategic planning professional is knowing not only how to implement a plan, but why it is necessary. Part of this skill can also involve business professionals taking into account potential strategic planning considerations like benefits, challenges, and possible reasons not to use it at all.
To prepare for this Assignment, consider the need for and importance of strategic planning in an organization. Further, consider any potential ramifications of strategic planning, including both minor and major organizational changes. Be sure to consider your experience as a business practitioner and independent scholar in developing your perspective.
By Day 7
Submit a 3- to 5-page evaluation of the benefits and challenges of implementing strategic planning within an organization. Your evaluation should include the following:
- What are the steps of the strategic planning cycle? Be sure to include a condensed description of the value of each step to a professional organization.
- What are the long-term business benefits of strategic planning?
- What are the unique hurdles that companies need to be aware of when implementing the foundations of strategic planning? Explain with specific examples from scholarly sources.
- Based on your research and/or personal experience, would there ever be a reason why an organization would benefit from not utilizing strategic planning? Provide a rationale for your answer with specific examples from scholarly sources.