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Augusto Carreira, Partner, Portugal
Unless a definition of "a strategy" is agreed upon by those who will have to use it and act by it, no "strategic planning" of whatever flavor will do. Yet, it is an illusion to fancy that one doesn't need a strategy. Let's make it clear. I define a strategy as: "a timed response to a challenge (opportunity or problem)". The outcome of a strategy will be a set of policies that the company follows. So, whatever one is doing today is the follow-up of decisions taken in the past and these embody a strategy because the future of the company derives from that. A strategy can be engineered in the sense that its outcomes can be specified and it can be designed. A strategy lowers the uncertainty to manageable levels and, after implementation, what's left is a set of policies that materialize in procedures (almost zero uncertainty). This is valid for opening a new facility abroad or to establish a new bonus plan. (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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