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Effective Strategic Planning in the Public Sector Some Learnings

Effective Strategic Planning in the Public Sector Some Learnings Over the last five to ten years an increasing number of publicagencies have commenced strategic planning. However, results have oftenfallen short of what strategic planning is supposed to achieve. Drawingon experience of strategic planning systems in public bodies in a numberof countries, offers the view that it is the motivation of thepowerholders in the system which determines the approach taken tostrategic planning and, consequently, the type of outcomes whicheventuate. The three most common approaches to strategic planning are toengage in it as an annual ritual, to see it as a technical goalsettingand decisionmaking process, or to approach it in a consensusseekingmanner. Each of these approaches has potential negative outcomes.Identifies a fourth and much less common approach, namely, regardingstrategic planning as an organizational learning process. Explores thebenefits and impediments to this approach and offers some generalguidelines for effective strategic planning. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Public Sector Management Emerald Publishing

Effective Strategic Planning in the Public Sector Some Learnings

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0951-3558
DOI
10.1108/09513559210016391
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Abstract

Over the last five to ten years an increasing number of publicagencies have commenced strategic planning. However, results have oftenfallen short of what strategic planning is supposed to achieve. Drawingon experience of strategic planning systems in public bodies in a numberof countries, offers the view that it is the motivation of thepowerholders in the system which determines the approach taken tostrategic planning and, consequently, the type of outcomes whicheventuate. The three most common approaches to strategic planning are toengage in it as an annual ritual, to see it as a technical goalsettingand decisionmaking process, or to approach it in a consensusseekingmanner. Each of these approaches has potential negative outcomes.Identifies a fourth and much less common approach, namely, regardingstrategic planning as an organizational learning process. Explores thebenefits and impediments to this approach and offers some generalguidelines for effective strategic planning.

Journal

International Journal of Public Sector ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 1992

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