Planning for Higher Education Journal

Action Research to Support the Sustainability of Strategic Planning

From Volume 39 Number 4 | July–September 2011
By Jane H. Antheil, Stephen Spinellii
Planning Types: Strategic Planning

University strategic planning is typically well structured with attention to both process and outcomes. However, plans are frequently not implemented in an equally process-driven manner. As a result, the product of planning efforts may not lead to the anticipated change or may even remain “on the shelf.” This article describes how Philadelphia University is using “action research” during strategic plan implementation in order to optimize campus commitment, facilitate organizational learning, and support the sustainability of change.

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