A strategic planning process for public and non-profit organizations

John M. Bryson

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    A pragmatic approach to strategic planning is presented for use by public and non-profit organizations. Benefits of the process are outlined and two examples of its application are presented -one involving a city government and the other a public health nursing service. Requirements for strategic planning success are discussed. Several conclusions are drawn, namely that: (1) strategic planning is likely to become part of the repertoire of public and non-profit planners; (2) planners must be very careful how they apply strategic planning to specific situations; (3) it makes sense to think of decision makers as strategic planners and strategic planners as facilitators of decision making across levels and functions; and (4) there are a number of theoretical and practical issues that still need to be explored.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)73-81
    Number of pages9
    JournalLong Range Planning
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Feb 1988


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