Chapter

Strategic Planning

Dean O. Smith

in Managing the Research University

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199793259
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896813 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793259.003.0003
Strategic Planning

Show Summary Details

Preview

Most universities have a strategic plan that sets goals for the institution, including its research enterprise. This chapter discusses the development and implementation of a strategic plan’s research component. The plan should consistently emphasize the importance of research to campus academics. The core of the research plan addresses specific goals. Many universities set numerical goals such as increasing research expenditures by a certain amount. Consensus in this regard among the various constituencies comes fairly easily, because specific academic programs are not singled out. Another form of specificity identifies high-priority areas. This can be an extremely difficult planning section to prepare because of its implications for future resource allocations. Guidelines for identifying priorities are presented, with an emphasis on broad consultation to ensure significant “buy-in”. Strategic plan implementation can pose challenges. In the context of faculty hiring, the plan often succumbs to opportunism: hire the best person available regardless of strategic priorities.

Keywords: strategic plan; research expenditures; high-priority areas; specificity; buy-in; consultation; implementation; allocations; hiring; opportunism

Chapter.  4681 words. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.