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This website focuses on a wide variety of topics related to organization and individual planning situations. The primary focus is business planning.

Planning is an anticipatory decision making process that involves situation analysis, forecasting outcomes and events, evaluating alternative courses of action, anticipating consequences and considering implementation issues and contingencies. Planning often begins with asking one or more questions, for example: What if ...? Could we ...? Do we ...? Is it possible...? How should we respond ...? How can we ...? Is it feasible to ...?

In general, planning is a proactive process that is intended to help individuals, groups and organizations achieve performance objectives.

Featured Glossary Term

Systems Theory

"Systems theory or systems science argues that however complex or diverse the world that we experience, we will always find different types of organization in it, and such organization can be described by concepts and principles which are independent from the specific domain at which we are looking. Hence, if we would uncover those general laws, we would be able to analyse and solve problems in any domain, pertaining to any type of system. The systems approach distinguishes itself from the more traditional analytic approach by emphasizing the interactions and connectedness of the different components of a system. Although the systems approach in principle considers all types of systems, it in practice focuses on the more complex, adaptive, self-regulating systems which we might call 'cybernetic'."

Featured Planning Tip

Be prepared to improvise Planning is the starting activity for finding a path to accomplishing goals. To reach success it is often necessary to improvise actions around the initial plan.

Improvise means taking action without detailed preparation; adapting to circumstances; extemporizing; performing with little or no preparation.

Change happens and we cannot forecast in detail what will happen and so we often need to improvise. Having a general strategy and improvising around the theme or thrust of the plan is often the only way to implement a strategy in a turbulent environment. Sometimes unexpected events arise and sometimes mistakes occur. Managers must improvise in these situations. A good manager needs to be adaptable and both anticipate change and react appropriately when events weren't anticipated to pursue goals and plans.

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