Strategic Administration versus Strategic Management

Method / Strategy

Strategic Administration versus Strategic Management
Augustus Chuks Valentine , Analyst, Nigeria

Panacea for actualisation of the aims, objectives and strict adheherence to organisational culture.

According to Johnson and Scholes (Exploring Corporate Strategy), Strategy is defined as
"the direction and scope of an organisation over the long-term: which achieves advantage for the organisation through its configuration of resources within a challenging environment, to meet the needs of markets and to fulfil stakeholder expectations".

Strategy involves a systematic process, with careful analysis and study of all the elements that make up an organisation: the culture, vision, mission, departments/units, organisational structure, etc, and working towards the betterment of the organisation, based on the results and findings of the studies carried out.

Since it is mainly the responsibility of management to take decisions, those decisions will be worthless if there are no proper implementations. Therefore, for the vision of the founding fathers and the management board of an organisation to be actualised, there has to be proper IMPLEMENTATION which can only be done through proper and strategic administration. STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT is about taking strategic decisions, while STRATEGIC ADMINISTRATION is about employing strategic ways to implement the decisions of management. Strategies exist at different levels in an organisation

In order to properly implement the strategic decisions of management through effective and strategic administration, there is need for the administrator to fully and properly study and understand the following:

1. The Vision of the founding fathers of the organisation
2. The organisation's mission statement
3. Culture of the organisation
4. The organisational chart (organogram)
5. Structure of the organisation (Departments/units)

Adequate knowledge of all the above mentioned will help the administrator to discharge his duties perfectly without deviating from the intended aims, objectives and culture of the organisation.

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