Strategic Planning

Karun K. Singh

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online March 2011 | | DOI:
Strategic Planning


Strategic planning (SP) is a highly sophisticated, resource-intensive, future-oriented management technique comprised of a set of concepts, procedures, and tools used by leaders and managers to increase the control, value, and performance of an organization in its core domain or set of core domains. It is a systematic, participatory, iterative, regularly updated, and cyclical process that requires an organization to undergo a sequence of specific tasks and subtasks to manage itself and its future direction better in response to environmental changes and stakeholder demands. SP enables nonprofit organizations (as well as public and for-profit organizations) to thrive in environments marked by ongoing volatility, unpredictability, and competition by helping them to invest resources in courses of action that minimize their weaknesses and threats and capitalize on their strengths and opportunities. SP can also allow them to develop indicators that compare the difference between desired and actual performance. Recently, SP has undergone an evolution on two important fronts: It has become institutionalized in an increasing number of organizations as an integral component of an overall sophisticated strategic management and performance measurement system for operating and leading the organization, and it has evolved into a core methodology for facilitating strategic collaborations between nonprofits and like-minded partner organizations to jointly address complex community challenges. This article identifies SP resources with particular reference to the nonprofit human service organizations most frequently led and studied by social workers. These resources are drawn from the field of social work and from relevant allied disciplines, notably, business, public administration, and nonprofit management.

Article.  7985 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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