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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Untangling the History and Procedures of Strategic Planning

We Review a Century of Literature for Answers
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From Volume 48 Number 4 | July–September 2020
By Roy Mathew, Elsa Bonilla-Martin, Daniel Santana, and Erick Gonzalez
Planning Types: Strategic Planning

Institution(s) referenced in this resource:
The University of Texas at El Paso

Is a strategic plan necessary for institutional success? In preparation for a new strategic plan at UTEP, we reviewed literature and found many publications that described the procedures of plan making and also case studies of how plans are produced. We also found substantial literature that questioned the value of strategic plans. These findings prompted us to think about the historical and theoretical basis for strategic plans: How did they emerge, what is their theoretical value, and is there a right way to do them? In our article we offer surprising answers to these questions based on a review of a century of theory and planning literature.

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