Strategic planning support can improve the quality of strategic plans. A team of top managers should prepare the corporate strategic plan. This team needs support staff and services for effective and efficient completion of the plan.
Planning support varies with the size and complexity of the organization. Support for strategic planning can take varied forms. These can range from a part time assistant, to a large and well-staffed planning department. Support maybe added by external consultant help.
The following roles can support the strategic planning process.
A planning support person or a person acts as secretary to the planning team. This includes support for organizing meetings and planning workshops. The support for the planning process may also involve -
In this role, the emphasis is on ensuring that these busy top managers do not waste any of their valuable time.
Secondly, support can take the form of skilled guidance for the planning process.
A strategic planning facilitator, from outside or inside can help the planning team by -
There is a third possibility. This is to provide support for corporate strategic planning by including the strategic planning manager in the strategic planning team.
This role of participant in the strategic planning process can be additional to, or combined with, the other planning support roles. This can be a very challenging task. In all but the smallest enterprise, the planning manager or consultant acting in the combined roles would also need support. This probably entails having at least a small planning unit or department with requisite capacity for the following tasks.
Planning support can be in the form of services provided by a planning department to -
Of course, many smaller organizations cannot afford such planning support. They may complement the planning team members with some external consultant help. They may also use external planning support services, or software to automate some aspects of the planning process.
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