A Participatory Approach to Strategic Planning

Generally, strategic planning starts with top managers who develop the plan and communicate it to employees. Even though most approaches to strategic planning note the importance of the organizational culture, they don’t go far enough in embedding the strategic plan in that culture.

To be successful, a strategic plan must be a holistic intervention, involving every individual employee at every level in the organization.

Based on Arnie's many years of experience working with a diversity of public and private organizations, this paper presents an integrated model of strategic planning—a straightforward, step by step  process that is implemented in sync with a set of actions designed to promote an organizational culture to support the strategic plan. 

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