Goals Based Strategic Planning – PART II (Levels of Strategic Planning)

It has been a long held belief that organizations should develop multiple levels of strategic plans that support the achievement of the same basic future vision.

• Enterprise Level Strategic Plan

• Department or Division Level Strategic Plan

• Program (Project) or Initiative Level Strategic Plan A more recent phenomenon has been to categorize the enterprise level strategic plan as the only strategic plan for the organization and the other two as operational or implementation plans. In this scenario, you have the following: • Enterprise Level Strategic Plan

• Department or Division Level Operational (Implementation) Plan

• Program (Project) or Initiative Level Operational (Implementation) Plan

While one could make an argument to support either scenario, I personally subscribe to the latter school of thought. However, rather than getting into a philosophical debate on semantics and trying to identify which approach is better, I am going to describe the three plans below and leave it up to the person/s creating their strategic plan to categorize them as they see fit. We have all heard of the saying, “A rose by any other name………” Enterprise Level Strategic plan: This is the strategic plan defined in the following chapters of this book. This is the corporate strategic plan for your organization. It should contain the organizational mission, vision, values, goals, objectives, strategies, performance measures, etc. This plan should influence the direction of the organization, all organizational decisions and the allocation of resources and budget. Department or Division Level Operational (Implementation) Plan: This plan details out how a specific department, division or group within the organization is going to support the Enterprise (Organizational) strategy. This plan creates guidelines for managing a specific, area within the organization and identifies the concrete tactical steps that each area will implement in order to will contribute to the organizational goals and strategies. Program (Project) or Initiative Level Operational (Implementation) Plan: This plan details out the day-to-day activities required for carrying out the requirements of the higher level plans. These are the individual program and project plans that detail activities for that specific activity at a granular level. Programs, projects or initiatives are typically the lowest level within an organization and are directly responsible for specific operational goals.


Dr. Uchil is an entrepreneur, business-owner and author embodying almost three decades of management and consulting experience. Prior to founding The Uchil Group and Uchil, LLC, Dr. Uchil spent over eighteen years in a variety of senior management roles at several large consulting organizations. In addition to his PhD in Business Administration Dr. Uchil also holds an MBA in Consulting Operations Management, a BSEE in Electrical Engineering and a Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunicati...

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