If you are working toward a certified management system, you will need to demonstrate that you have considered the organisational context for your organisation. There are several practical strategic planning tools that can be helpful. Here are four widely used tools:
SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. It involves identifying and analysing the internal strengths and weaknesses of the organisation, as well as external opportunities and threats in the business environment. SWOT analysis helps in understanding the current state of the organisation and its competitive position.
PESTLE is an acronym for Political, Economic, Sociocultural, Technological, Legal, and Environmental factors. This tool helps in assessing the external factors that can impact the organisation. By analysing these factors, you can gain insights into the broader context in which the organisation operates, such as regulatory changes, market trends, and social factors.
Stakeholder analysis involves identifying and analysing the various stakeholders who have an interest or influence on the organisation. This tool helps in understanding the needs, expectations, and power dynamics among different stakeholders. By mapping out stakeholders and their relationships, you can better understand how they can impact the organisation and how to effectively engage with them.
Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
This framework helps in assessing the competitive forces in the industry or market in which the organisation operates. It examines five key factors: industry rivalry, threat of new entrants, threat of substitute products or services, bargaining power of suppliers, and bargaining power of buyers. Porter’s Five Forces analysis provides insights into the overall attractiveness and competitiveness of the industry and helps identify areas where the organisation can gain a competitive advantage.
These tools can be used individually or in combination, depending on the specific needs of your organisation. They provide a structured approach to analysing the internal and external factors that shape the organisational context, enabling better decision-making and strategic planning.
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