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Strategic Planning

Explore strategic planning processes and analyse the factors that contribute to the effective functioning of organisations and departments. Learn the origins of strategic planning and the differences between public and private sector organisations.

About this course

In the past three decades, organisations have been increasingly embracing strategic planning processes to articulate their values and direction. This course takes a multidisciplinary approach that recognises the many different strands of strategic planning in contemporary contexts. This course will explore the environment that strategic planning operates within, including theoretical approaches, legislative frameworks, concepts and implementation.

Course structure

There are 5 modules in the course, covering the following content:

  • Strategic theory - review of local, national and international strategic planning frameworks; exploration of the language of strategic planning and key strategic planning and strategic management research
  • Strategic planning approaches & tools - the practice of strategic planning in government, non-government and private sector contexts; evaluation and critique of current approaches and tools
  • Strategic planning in context - the external environment and its impacts upon organisational culture and structure
  • Strategic management implementation - ways of engaging stakeholders and the community in the implementation of desired outcomes
  • Strategic management reporting and review - reviewing and reassessing a strategic planning vision and desired outcomes in consultation with stakeholders, clients and the community.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this short course, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate strategic planning concepts and approaches and their application to their work contexts
  • Explain the concept of public value and its relevance to governance
  • Evaluate tools for effective strategic planning such as visioning, strategic thinking, systems thinking; and analyse ways in which these tools might benefit strategic planning in their professional practice
  • Analyse the factors that shape strategic planning and organisational frameworks including social, cultural, economic and political drivers of change
  • Demonstrate strategic thinking about future focused scenarios
  • Evaluate ways to advocate and partner with a range of stakeholders to achieve strategic outcomes
  • Develop creative solutions to complex problems based on strategy, research and evaluation.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via Zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for industry professionals wanting to develop their capacity for strategic planning in the workplace.  Professionals in roles such as corporate planners, strategic urban planners, management staff and program officers would benefit from attending.







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