Planning for Higher Education Journal

A Developmental Perspective on Planning

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From Volume 26 Number 4 | Summer 1998
By Dean Rodeheaver
Planning Types: Strategic Planning

Contends that most planners make assumptions about planning and about human and institutional ability to change, and that these assumptions necessarily impact the outcome of strategic planning efforts. Examines the functions served in planning comprehensive institutional change, and suggests that planning failures reflect too great a focus on technique and outcome. Applies the analogy of human development to illustrate the organizational life cycle, with an exploration of institutional "identity issues" – the physical, social, and psychological aspects, as well as the institution’s sense of self.

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