This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.

Strategic Planning and Management

Strategic planning and management

Strategic planning and management are increasingly becoming a way of life for public organizations across the globe. As a result, strategic planning and management are being relied upon to deal with the three tasks of coming up with important ideas worth implementing, forging the coalition needed to adopt and to implement the changes and implementing the changes in a timely fashion. In the process, planning and implementation and strategic and operational concerns are becoming fused.

The chapter is in five parts. The first part presents the basic elements of strategic planning, including its attention to the environment, stakeholders, mission, mandates, strategic issues and strategies. Strategic planning is the basic building block of strategic management, which is described in the ...

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