ERIC Number: ED358530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Strategic Planning in Practice: An Analysis of Purposes, Goals, and Procedures.
Conley, David T.
Findings of a study that examined the application of strategic planning in American school districts are presented in this paper. Methodology involved content analysis of the strategic plans of 79 school districts throughout the United States, focussing on their mission statements, core beliefs and parameter statements, and objectives and strategies. Findings indicate that school districts do not distinguish in practice among the technicist, political, and consensual planning processes. Conclusions, supplemented by a survey of the school districts, are that: (1) interactive planning methods need an organizational context that supports continued dialog; (2) strategic planning appears to be a useful tool for school-community communication; (3) most districts' interactive planning models exhibited an incongruence between mission statements and strategies; (4) the planning process contained inherent conflicts of interest; and (5) a fine line exists between political and rationalist elements in strategic planning. Six figures are included. (Contains 42 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).