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Some primary internal organization factors used in strategic planning include; the
company's human resource, financial capability, and competitive upper hand
advantages over other organizations in the market. All these considerations are
aligned with the vision and mission statements, and action plans in the company.
On the other hand, organization structure/culture are also vital in strategic
planning. Steady organizational culture, and structure is better in guaranteeing
effective strategic plan than internal primary consideration due to various reasons
such as; defining the company's internal and external identity, employees live
with company core values embedded in their daily operations keeping them in
check, and being able to transform employees into a team thus working with
ease, and dedication in achieving company goals. It is therefore important to
have a strong, reliable culture in the organization. Primary internal considerations
for a strategic plan include human resources, financial strength and competitive
advantages in the industry as a whole. Structure compared to these considerations
is extremely important. Structure is needed in all of these aspects because
without it the potential for branches of the business to become chaotic increases
exponentially. Structure brings needed guidance through rules and regulations.
Culture is similarly important. Culture highlights the why. The guidance is given
through the filter of the cultural norms of the society. Structure and culture are
high upon a list of what’s important to have any business. From my
understanding and past experience, I believe that having different culture in your
business how to receive the end goal. no with your employees if you haven’t
been working for you, it is important for them to Kind of go along with your
culture and morals keeping a workplace environment, friendly and with different
culture helps your employees work harder. The better you are at being top dog
meaning respects and planning and culture for your employees the better they
will work.. Now I do think that not all companies have a variety of culture
in them, and I think this is where they fail at keeping employees. You have
to keep your boys happy to maintain those employees. Oh shit, TJ planning is
something that will help you grow as a company that will help you keep your
competitors eye level with you. Keeping, and sticking to a plan, will ensure
the success of your business, and he keeps going up and up and up. The
structure and culture in a work place is extremely important. If you do not
have structure, then do not have a plan. And when you have no plan how
will you achieve your end goal?
I know that when I have worked for a new place in the past I like to know
exactly how it is run. I need to know exactly what I need to do to do my
job efficiently. I feel like the structure part of the job is put into place mostly
by management. You need to have good communication with your workers and
have a clear cut plan of action.
Also, the culture of a work place is very important. It is very important for
you to be comfortable and at ease in your workplace. oo You should never feel
threatened or uncomfortable when you are at work. I think that’s reassuring
people with respect and having a calm culture at your workplace we’ll make
everything go smooth. It should not be about the numbers in about money only,
it needs to be about more than that to make the work place work well.
Strategy, Structure and Culture are important because this is one way Steve Jobs
used for Apple, he created from the top down. He said people do not know
what they want until you show them.
I have worked in sales for many years, I was taught to tell them, teach them
and tell them again.I feel that this is a great way to mix culture together.
Sometimes we do know how people are looking at things more differently. I
always told people do not to buy from the company they buy from you, people
do not dislike you, they may just have an issue with the company. Taking this
at heart has helped me deal with clients around the globe from the United
States to Germany. I deal with different backgrounds daily , but I know what
he said is correct if you paint a picture people will buy from you you have
to show people. This breaks a cultural barrier. I have clients I work with in
Canada sometimes from time to time once they hear my voice are you from
the states. I will say yes, then the client will want to speak to someone from
Canada. Culture in a strategic plan is one of the most important considerations.
Culture expresses goals through values and beliefs. Building a strong culture
provides consistency within a business, it also guides decisions and actions of
employees and the workforce of an organization. Structure in a strategic plan is
also a very important consideration, it supports strategy. The purpose of structure
is to achieve the companies objectives as well as guides employees to complete
their work efficiently and effectively. Structure allocates and designates work
roles and responsibilities. This directly influences managers decisions on
organizational strategies. Structure is the way the organization fits together to
meet a common goal. Organizational culture and structure are both important
factors in a strategic plan. These considerations can impact business performance,
as a result of not enforcing policies and procedures throughout the organization
and maintaining consistency across the board. Not having these in place could
cause other strategies to fail. Culture and structure within an organization helps
align employee goals to the organizations strategic objectives, promoting employee
performance as well as productivity. Strategic planning assists businesses in
keeping up and staying aware of their rivals while maintaining and/or obtaining
a competitive advantage. To achieve this advantage using strategic planning can
assist with determining a company’s goals/objectives in the future and deciding
how to allocate resources. To ensure that an organization is on the right path,
it should define both the company’s vision and goals and how those goals will
be met. Without a strategic plan, a company will not be able to achieve long-
term sustainability and will struggle with accomplishing its day-to-day
tasks/operations. Culture in strategic planning plays an important role in the
success of all organizations. It subscribes to a code of practices and beliefs that
helps shape and stabilize an organization. It has a great influence/impact on the
behaviors and attitudes of the members of an organization. Structure in strategic
planning fits together a vision or statement, values, focus area, and objectives.
It gives a clear roadmap to hit business goals. In turn, it creates a work
environment of cooperation, allowing people to work together effectively. It
decides how responsibilities are allocated and empower successful participation to
reach satisfactory business goals. The organization's culture is often the most
important determiner in successful execution. At the core, implementing strategy
depends on two essential elements: Building and sustaining an organizational
culture that facilitates and accelerates change. Constructing a culture that creates
the flexibility and understands and accepts the responsibilities for change is key.
Creating an organizational culture that is open to change starts with a senior
leadership team that communicates an agency’s strategic priorities often and
effectively. Strategic management is the never-ending process of managing your
business for success. It includes ongoing assessment of your customer base,
competition and financial management. It’s big picture analyzing and planning to
set up your business to grow and succeed long term. A business’s culture can
make or break strategic management. Because after you’ve defined “how you’re
going to get there” you’re going to need your employees to buy-in, support and
implement your strategy. If you have a negative corporate culture, you’re going
to have to fix it first. If you and your employees aren’t working as a team
toward a common goal, you need to figure out why. The usual culprits include
poor communication, inconsistent or micromanagement, and focusing only on
profits. The structure and culture are essential to understand and implementing
any business and strategic plan. An organization’s structure is setting a goal of
where it wants to be or what it wants to achieve in the long term. Then, the
organization will show how it will reach that goal to make it a reality. For
example, when my husband started his residential remodeling business, he set a
goal to expand and be able to do commercial remodeling. It did not happen
from one day to another. Instead, he knew he needed to work hard, make a
good reputation for the business, and improve daily. After ten years, he is doing
commercial remodeling, and the point is to set a goal and know the steps
necessary to get there.
Culture is essential as well. Suppose I had the opportunity to have team
members with different backgrounds, experiences, and points of view. For
example, if I launch a new product that I think will revolutionize the world
from my perspective. And if I have a diverse team, they can tell me whether
my product will work or if it could offend someone. Or how I can improve
it to make it work better or be accepted worldwide. We all know something
that can help others improve, and someone knows something that can help us
improve. The structure and culture of an organization in comparison to strategy
plan in short, is more important. The reasoning behind this is simply to identify
what both means. The culture of the organization focuses on why things are
done and how we do the things that need to be done. The strategy is focused
on what is done and the destination of where it goes. Organizations that have
health cultures tend to perform better and has a more successful business life
cycle. Those organizations that rely more on the strategic plan usually come up
short. The idea is to support a great culture because this is showing that the
people involved and supporting the organization are included and treated as they
are first. This will attract talented and skilled people to want to be and provide
ideas to the organization. The suppliers, distributors, consumers and stakeholders
will want to support. By the attraction of these persons, we created an
atmosphere of innovation. Those that has supported us will continue to support
even if there is a need to pivot and go into another direction. This will
provide a blanket of safety. If everyone buys into the culture, they in turn
watch out for the organization. It allows risk to be minimized. This is shown
through the consumers experience also. The consumer will become lifelong
customers because they are satisfied with culture. We have notice of that when
customers see an Amazon box waiting for them at their doorstep. Once this is
understood, strategic planning can begin. The motive is to have strategy go hand
in hand with what has been branded as culture and how the plan of strategy
supports the plan .
rategic managers must make assumptions about external forces that they cannot
control. Often, these assumptions do not materialize and the plan will need to
be either adjusted or completely discontinued. Strategic plans do offer many
benefits to an organization and they can be summarized with the following
1.Directs the organization toward overall goals and objectives. This attribute is
important in that senior leadership and management must make decisions that
will benefit the entire organization rather than a single department or division.
They must align the strategic initiative with the overall mission, vision and goals
of the organization. On some occasions, a decision could seem counterproductive
to a specific department, but as a whole, the chosen option will allow the
organization to achieve superior performance.
2. Includes multiple stakeholders in decision making Unlike in this course, a
single person does not develop strategic plans alone. It requires multiple business
professionals from different departments.
3. Needs to incorporate short term and long term perspectives Not too long
ago, short-term and long-term perspectives were known as short-term and long-
term goals. Often, corporations develop short term goals (1 to 3 years) and long-
term goals (over 3 years). Such construct allows the organization to better
manage resources. Resources are finite in nature and must be resourced in the
most efficient manner possible. Implementing multiple initiatives at the same time
can put stress on these resources, which in turn could decrease efficiency or
4. Recognizes trade-offs between efficiencies and effectiveness Trade-offs are very
important in strategic management. A trade-off is often perceived as a weakness,
but in reality, they allow management to balance the many variables of putting
a plan together.
Knowing the structure of a company is very important because without a solid
structure built into any business from the beginning, their would be no
semblance of control, nor would the company last very long. Knowing what the
vision, the mission and the values of the company are help give you a place
to start. Hiring employees with some of the same values as what you want in
the company can lead to a strong, supportive and long term team. Feed the
culture of the employees and know that everyone is different and as long as
management does not try and push an employee to be someone that they are
not, listens to them and tries to understand them, you will have more support
from the team. My boss does business planning with some of our clients and
one of the things he tells the owner is to look at who is actually happy in
the position they hold. Someone can be hired to do one job, but when you
pay attention and notice that they are not happy in the position, instead of
ignoring them, talk to them. There may be a better position for them in the
company that would make them happy and want to stay on. Building a strong
team that works well together, and making sure that you see the vision of
what you want to accomplish with your company, work to meet the goals that
you have set, and stay true to your values and beliefs, but understanding to
the culture of the employees that you hire. Structure and culture in unison form
a dynamic importance in strategic planning. Understanding the culture you were
in or that you are trying to create plays a big part in what is necessary when
producing a plan. Strategic planning takes a number of things to do effectively
when creating a plan as such it Has to be constructed with a level structure
that allow it to be formed correctly. Structure allows your strategic is your plan
to be formed orderly and executed at proper times and place and can be
tracked because of the necessary structure that the plan has been made out of.
Culture is very important without culture the wireman that’s necessary to reach
the goals that the company is aiming for can’t be unreachable. A culture like
a women culture breeds success and those who live in those type of cultures
will aim to continue and successes so with creating a strategic plan having a
winner and culture will only suture bottom line agenda. This is why culture
and structure play such a major part and strategic planning. Strategic plans are
implemented so that organizations may accomplish set objectives and goals that
institute success. Culture is the way of the organization as to treatment of the
organization's employees. One definition of culture is as on dictionary.com “the
quality in a person or society that arises from concern…excellent in
arts…,manners, scholarly pursuits, etc.” Now added that structure is” the
arrangement of the relations between parts or elements of something complex”.
The two terms structure and culture are together very important elements to the
strategic planning process. If an organization has a certain culture that is what
helps to keep the organizational influence for employees that are part of the
organization's structure of employees. As there are more than 3 steps of the
strategic planning process one can gather that the culture of the organization as
well as the structure of the organization is successful due to the people that
operate within the organization individually and as a group. Antonio's opinion is
that the two terms are very important to the implementing of a strategic plan.
A company’s structure and culture are the top two critical ingredients in the
mix of all primary internal considerations for a successful strategic plan and
implementation. The ability to have a solid structure will impede or enhance the
probability of success in driving forward strategic plans. Without it, the
employees needed, roles and responsibilities, and accountability to achieve
strategic objectives cannot be met. In the strategic planning process, the
organization structure and communications strategy should be reviewed, assessed,
and action steps assigned to make any necessary adjustments to meet the plan
goals. The culture of the company arguably comes even before structure, because
if the culture is not promoting success and the company norms, then the
structure can be at its strongest but the team isn’t rowing in the same direction,
or maybe not even in the same boat! A strong culture not only yields strong
performance but also increases employee engagement and employee retention, if
the company has to constantly stop strategic focus work because they have a
lot of employee turnover, then their likelihood of long-term sustainable success
is at risk. Additionally, a weak culture will not attract top talent for recruiting
purposes. As you can see both structure and culture are vital for any strategic
plan and correlating objectives. Having a strategic plan is a very important part
to an organization. Strategic plan or strategic management is defined as the
process of working a business for success. Some of the questions that one may
ask themselves when planning for success is: how is the business now; where
do they want it to be; how will they make it happen. Organization business
culture is one of the most important parts in order for a business success. After
deciding how to make to get to your goal, Business culture comes in handy
at this point because the supports of your employees will come in handy here.
You would need everyone to work as one in order to make your goal happen
by building a strong culture; the business can reach its goal without any issues.
As for structure is goes hand in hand with culture when it comes to business.
Structure is influence by the views and commitment of those above because
whenever they decide to make a change this will determine the
progress/continuation of the business. Structure and culture affect the business
development and the employees. How important are structure and culture
compared to the other primary internal considerations for a strategic plan?
Structure: The arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of
something complex. Culture: The characteristic features of everyday existence
(such as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in a place or time
Strategic planning: Detailed proposals developed to help a group achieve their
A well-planned strategy can fall apart if you can't get employees to execute it
properly. You may think you can simply order employees to comply, but much
of their motivation and enthusiasm depends on the type of business culture they
work in. Strategy is about vision and structure is about authority, so both are
critically important. But culture is about meaning, and meaning will trump both
vision and authority over time. The structure and the culture of the organization
is by far the most important element as per the internal considerations of the
organization. By building a strong culture, businesses can provide consistency and
direction, guide decisions and actions, fuel the workforce and help reach their
potential. While organizational culture is an integral part of a business, it's not
always visible to long-term employees. Developing a strategic plan is vital to
an organization’s success. An organization must be able to efficiently execute
that strategy to achieve its performance improvement goals. The organization’s
culture is often the most important determiner in successful execution. At the
core, implementing strategy depends on two essential elements. One, building and
sustaining an organizational culture that facilitates and accelerates change. Two,
fostering a sense of personal accountability for strategy execution ownership at
every agency level from administrative assistant to senior leadership. Constructing
a culture that creates the flexibility and understands and accepts the
responsibilities for change is key. The most effective organizations understand
that simply writing a strategic plan does not guarantee success, it is just a
vision. Progress only occurs through creating and reinforcing a culture of change,
implementation, and accountability. The structure defines communication and
reporting relationships while culture defines business norms to be followed. It is
essential for strategic planning as it helps to develop a competitive edge for the
business that would measure its growth. Therefore, it generates foundations for
bringing change and flexibility in the business for achieving improvement in its
The organizational structure and culture are essential for the design of a strategic
plan aligned with the organization's purpose.
What happens is that the structure and culture of an organization constitute its
identity, its way of organizing itself and creating an environment designed to
obtain the objectives and goals stipulated by strategic planning. So it can be
said that there is no way to develop a strategic plan without considering the
structure or culture because it is through these two variables that action plans
are developed and modeled according to what the company is, and what it
plans to be in the future. All organizational systems must be foreseen in the
planning and be developed with the same degree of importance, because together
they form the organizational whole that will lead a company to be well
positioned in the market, achieve continuous improvement in its processes,
achieve competitive advantage in the market, etc. The importance is to examine
the structure and culture trends to provide consistency to the customer and
employee expectations. To understand the training skill set needed to develop the
leadership and management will be an attractive culture. This should consist of
ongoing collaboration within the business or team on topics to develop the
analytical learning tools for peek performance and productivity results. Being
open to new ideas, have net promotor surveys, develop visions, continually assess
changes in the data results, and adjust to create sense of satisfaction in a work
life balance environment that leads to better performance overall. Compared to a
business primary internal strategic plan will align to the vision or mission
statements for the coming year. Based on realistic data and considerations of the
long and short term goals. The strategic planning is going to have elements
that are used as the whole company’s goals and briefly how to achieve those
goals. Valuing the business, sustain the customer, and take critical factors to
align the strategy with the culture of the business and competitors. Strategic
planning has detailed analyses of internal and external data and applies them to
all quantifiable areas including process, cost, margin, market demand, headcount,
and production runs. Culture & Control is in the implementation stage of
strategic planning. Culture & Control has a competitive advantage for managers.
Culture is an important factor in the internal process because of the preferences
in recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees. This is to connect with the
same values. Organizational culture is very important to create oneness in the
business. The control implements internal governance in the company. Strategic
control and reward system have input & output control. Input control seeks to
define and direct employee behavior by explicit rules in the standard operating
procedures before employees make decisions. Budgets are an example of input
controls. Output controls guide employee behavior by defining the expected
results but allow employees to foster the results and make decisions on projects
of their choosing. Output control motivates the employees because it is driven
by their interests. Structure and culture are very important for a strategic plan.
The structure of a strategic plan is the way the pieces of an organization fit
together to meet a common goal. Structure is the people, positions, procedures,
processes, culture, and technology of the organization. Culture is important
because it expresses goals through values and beliefs. Compared to the other
primary internal considerations for a strategic plan I believe structure and culture
are most important. Without structure a organization will not be able to be