Initiating The Strategic Planning Process

Question Description

Strategic planning is essential for organizations because, ultimately, it helps them to be of value to the stakeholders and communities that they serve. While this provides a broad explanation of the importance of strategic planning, it does not explain why it is specifically relevant for your particular organization. When initiating the strategic planning process, you want to be able to obtain stakeholder buy-in, and to do this, you have to be able to explain its relevance. For this Discussion, you examine the relevance of strategic planning to the organization that you selected for your Final Project. I have choosen The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Post a brief description of the non-profit or public organization that you have selected for your Final Project. Explain why strategic planning is relevant to this organization. Then, identify critical components of the organization’s strategic planning process and explain why they are critical in terms of missions and goals.

Required Readings

Bryson, J. M. (2018). Strategic planning for public and nonprofit organizations: A guide to strengthening and sustaining organizational achievement (5th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • Chapter 3, “Initiating and Agreeing on a Strategic Planning Process” (pp. 77-112)This chapter explains how to develop an initial agreement for organizational strategic planning. It also provides detailed design guidelines for organizations to follow.
  • Chapter 4, “Clarifying Organizational Mandates and Mission” (pp. 115-142)This chapter provides guidance on identifying and clarifying an organization’s mandates, mission, and values. It also begins to explore stakeholder analyses.
  • Resource A, “A Guide to Stakeholder Identification and Analysis Techniques” (pp. 400-422)This resource examines the importance of stakeholder identification for organizations, as well as techniques for conducting stakeholder analyses.

McHatton, P. A., Bradshaw, W., Gallagher, P. A., & Reeves, R. (2011). Results from a strategic planning process: Benefits for a nonprofit organization. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 22(2), 233–249.
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.
This article examines the strategic planning process within a non-profit organization. It also explores the benefits of implementing strategic planning, including the impact of planning on the organization’s future.

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