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Strategic Planning



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On Campus (Sydney)


5 days


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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

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Contact us

If you have a specific question on course content or requirements, please contact us.

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.

Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.