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Toward a More Strategic View of Strategic Planning Research

John M. Bryson, Lauren Hamilton Edwards, David M. Van Slyke

Routledge, August 2022


This book summarizes the current state of research on strategic planning and offers an agenda for future research.

The book edition comes with a new introduction that argues that strategizing by public, nonprofit and business organizations should be a major focus of research. Strategizing is what links aspirations, capabilities, and implementation.

Strategic planning should be viewed as one approach, but not the only approach, to strategizing. A focus on strategizing prompts researchers to consider issues of vertical and horizontal alignment of purpose, including across sectors; competence and scalability; co-production; decision-making and change management; and trust, transparency, authenticity and accountability.

Additionally, the role of various strategizing techniques and information technology should be analyzed further.