This paper would seek to evaluate in a pertinent issue which is uses and misuses of Strategic planning and the author in this essay tried to outline a number of strategic methodologies of varying organizations which have either been successful in implementing a certain strategy or have failed to a great extent. However, though the author did outline a number of pertinent arguments as to when successful implementation of a formal strategic plan can be achieved, there were certain aspects which needed to be studied and analyzed further.
According to the author of this article, in certain cases the failure of an organization is blamed on the strategy planning which is in itself questionable since if the planning is done as it is ought to than that would not result in a failure situation. This article presents findings of a survey which was conducted amongst 300 respondents out of which the majority did portray a disappointment with the system and the implementation of the strategic plan.
What this survey needed to highlight was the basic fundamental weaknesses/flaws with the strategic planning and in which sort of circumstances did these flaws occur more. The example quoted of the Gamma operation portrayed one aspect of the plan which was in terms of too much focus on the financial aspect but at the same time what had to be identified was the significance which could be attached to the other departments of strategic planning and their subsequent flaws.
Also, the article did highlight the importance that strategy development plays in the determining whether a certain plan can be effectively implemented. There were six common problems and workable solutions which were outlined by the following paper such as poor preparation of the line managers, faculty definition of business units, vaguely formulated goals, inadequate information bases for action planning, badly handled reviews of business unit plans, and lastly , inadequate linkage of strategic planning with the other control systems.
The author highlighted the important role which is played by the line managers in the implementation phase of the strategic plan and hence, for that purpose it is even more essential that they line managers be equipped adequately with the necessary skills/training. However, though this paper did outline the importance of having a certain manager what it failed to do so however was outline the importance of a communication network between the entire management team for the smooth operation of the human resource.
Hence, along with the training and development comes the communication aspect which needed to be analyzed by the author. The second issue which was addressed was one of the most critical issues faced by all organizations which have divided their operations on business unit lines and hence, this aspect was analyzed to a great extent and with the required details. Thus, the author managed to bring forth the importance that the separation of business units has in terms of the successful implementation of the strategic plan.
The point of moving beyond the general goals was in itself a remark upon the laxity of all organizations which though outline their corporate goals in their mission statements but fail to realize the numerous steps that have to be taken for their achievement. However, this argument could have been built upon further if the sample’s examples had been quoted as to when a strategic plan failed as a result of the laxity on the behalf of a certain organization. While goals/action plans are significant, equally important are the necessary details which equip the manpower with the knowledge to proceed accordingly.
Hence in this paper the importance of detailing an action plan was handled quite appropriately as those goals which are just stated and not detailed cannot possibly hold the same importance or achieve the same results. Thus, this aspect was handled by the author in a manner which convinced the reader of the importance that actually goes into the actual development of the strategic plan’s implementation more than anything else. The next two common problems which were addressed by the author were the issues of badly handled reviews of business units plan and inadequate information bases for action planning.
Under these headings came the arguments that stressed the importance of having adequate information bases along with proper performance reviews. However, though these areas are in themselves important yet the fact that these issues were considered more critical than the development of the human resource made the author’s argumentation seem bleak? In order to have a strategic plan, the human resource needs to be trained and hence, that aspect should have been given its proper due.
By the end of the paper, the forthcoming argument was based on the notion of having proper linkage systems with the other control systems which was one of the most integral arguments which could have been presented by the author and should have been done so in the previous paper. Therefore, though certain significant arguments were presented yet the impact of other overall paper was not that great since the main aim of strategy development and its importance needed to be emphasized and presented with substantial examples which was a failure on the behalf of the author. References Gray, D” Uses and Misuses of Strategic Planning”