by Viv Scott – Corporate Governance Consultant

Independent Governance Review Group




Viv Scott is a corporate governance expert and NZARC Trustee. See Viv’s tips and comments below when it comes to Strategic Planning and Analysis.


What strategy is (and isn’t)

Strategy is the roadmap to achieving your organisation’s vision and purpose. It’s isn’t management of the organisation.


The role of the board in developing strategy

The board can assist management by identifying opportunities and threats and have better capacity to evaluate managerial decisions against performance.

Board Management
Vision and strategic goals for the whole entity Informing the framework and the content of the strategic plan
Approving and monitoring of direction and purpose Operational planning to set and execute the strategy
Working on the strategic implications and responsibilities of compliance, purpose, culture and holding to account Laying down the internal roadmap to achieve the outcomes expected by the board
Focus on the day-to-day mechanisms that feed into the strategic plan


The impacts of strategy and the benefits of strategic planning

Strategic action is about setting out actions to achieve particular goals and increase competitive advantage. The board has a leadership role in scanning and assessing the organisation’s external environment.

Strategic planning requires a comprehensive understanding of the organisation; its environment, the ability to identify problems, opportunities and possible consequences. It calls for creativity, innovation and concentrated effort. A board that understands the environment can add value to management operations.


Tools for the formulation and development of strategy


Evaluating strategy

The balanced scorecard is a strategic planning and management system that is used extensively in business and industry, government, and non-profit organizations worldwide to align business activities to the vision and strategy of the organization, improve internal and external communications, and monitor organization performance against strategic goals.


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