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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
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. ss 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 attributes:
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 quality.
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
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 goals.
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 processes.
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 successful and I think culture is what bring
diversity to an organization that's why they are both so important for a strategic plan.
Culture provides important social and economic benefits. The primary internal
organization considerations for strategic planning involves the company's human
resources, financial strengths, and different competitive advantages in the overall
market place. When I think of structure i think of building, the foundation which a
organization is built off of. I also believe that you business culture must support your
strategy. An organization's culture determines the organizations behavior more than the
organization's strategy or structure. The structure and culture of an organization are
the key building blocks used to develop a strategic plan that aligns with the
organizations vision. The organizational structure defines guidelines for leadership,
resources, and coordination that directly align with strategic goals of an organization.
Organizational culture is collectively the norms and practices that lead the actions of
organizational members and develops key traits required for business success.
Developmentally without these foundational building blocks of an organizational
strategic plan, the plan cannot be modeled after an organization’s vision and goals.
The structure and culture of an organization directly affect the plan development and
evolution of the strategic plan by providing oversight on company goals, and values
while guiding the organization to optimal success. Taking away these aspects of the
strategic plan compromises the organizations core values while creating an
unsuccessful plan of attack that neither encompasses the company’s vision nor
provides guidance for success. I believe that even having all other aspects covered
a strategic plan cannot be successfully developed for any organization without the
basic fundamentals structure and culture provide. When I think about structure and
culture, it speaks volumes because in strategic planning it is important to ensure the
layout is diverse and can include the entire team. Of course, there are internal
considerations that play a factor such as finances, expenses, inventory, payroll, etc.,
but I believe those things will happen as the business is developed and continues to
grow its clientele and team. The structure is what brings order to the organization,
employees, vendors, and clients which sets the tone by having a foundation set in
place regarding how the organization will run. Culture is needed at all times because
it provides a diverse, judgment-free, and comfortable environment where others can
be themselves and not have to change to the acceptance and liking of others. Culture
is well-rounded in today's society and I notice many organizations celebrate and
honor various cultures. When structure and culture are part of an organization's plan,
the business also will witness an increase in clientele because they will be able to
witness the different ethnicity in the workplace and how there is no division. The
structure and the culture of the organisation is to me the most important element as
per the internal considerations for a strategic plan. 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 facilitate and accelerate change. Managers use organizational culture as a
tool to lead and control the strategic management behaviors. It's wise to use corporate
culture to influence and train the mindset and attitude of employees, gain their
support of the organization's regulations and the procedures and slow down resistance
to change. Having a structural organization will help you build a plan to grow a
successful business. It also tells you which tactics are feasible and how you should
go about implementing them. Ultimately, your strategy and structure should work
seamlessly together. Bottom line is that the structure and the culture of a organization
is very important if you want your organization and or business to succeed. Two
important elements that you need to have and know.