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Merger proposal from Long range planning[edit]

I propose that Long range planning be merged into Strategic planning. The former has been tagged as unreferenced and WP:OR for 2 and 5 years respectively. -- Trevj (talk) 13:43, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

It's the Vision Thing. I came here looking for a good definition of a Vision Statement and the merger needs to have a good section on that. --dbabbitt (talk) 12:36, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Long Term Planning / Long Range Planning has to form part of strategic Planning to address Major components Change outs, even End of life Equipment. The Type of Maintenance that will not form part of your Daily maintenance Strategy. A Long Term Planning strategy should have its separate manual to identify these major components and highlights the 2 Year, 3 Year, 5 Year maintenance Plan/Strategy (How are you going to maintain the equipment). W Strauss 09:19, 05 May 2015 (Australia)

Strongly Disagree

Mergeing serves no useful purpose.

Although some duplication may be eliminated mergeing is no guarantee of this. Duplication is in any case a relatively trivial administrative issue rather than something affecting the value of wiki to users.

Concise articles are more valuable.

All planning is interrelated and all forms of it can in some sense be "nested" one within another. However this is a truism. Chasing up the nested hierarchy to bundle progressively longer articles reduces value. Longer articles are more difficult to edit and manage, and more importantly they are more difficult to use. Think of a book and its chapters and the paragraphs of those chapters. Think of a library's shelving system. We have evolved these systems from simpler ones that preceded them. There is a positive benefit all round in breaking information down into smaller chunks. Hot links are an advance on the linear chaining of text.

Strategic <> Long-term

Strategic planning can apply to any time scale. A short-term plan can be strategic. A plan to blow up the government and revert the country to Catholic rule (Guy Fawkes) is short term, in the sense that it's implementation takes place over a short period of time, and it is strategic. On the other hand a long-term (5 year) financial plan is not strategic but rather a set of actions and projections based upon a set of assumption. To decribe this two "scales" are used, one ranges between strategic and tactical, and the other between long and short term.

LookingGlass (talk) 10:24, 20 December 2015 (UTC)

This subject is inappropriate for Wikipedia as it falls outside content criteria[edit]

See Wikipedia content criteria.

“Strategic planning” is cited by its advocates that it is a special type of planning that organisations use to provide a set of aims (or similar) for its future direction. This is of course merely a “plan” or perhaps arguably a strategy.

“Strategic” is the adjective of “strategy”, which basically means "plan" albeit a more narrowly defined type of plan (see a dictionary definition). Thus the phrase “Strategic Plan” simply means a “plan like plan” or a “strategy that is strategic” it is in fact a tautology. Tautologies are grammatical errors that although often amusing should be avoided.

One could add any number of adjectival preludes to the word “plan” such as: "alternative", "long term" or "extensive" as this would improve the description of a plan but the adjective “strategic” adds nothing to readers understanding of the nature a particular plan in the normal usage of English grammar, thus it is purely jargon at best or at worst it is a pretentious attempt to corrupt the common usage of the words “strategic” and “plan” by combining them to become a new compound word with a new meaning that is intended to give an impression that the author is more important or more worthy than he/she actually is.

Such meaningless phases such as “Strategic planning” or "Planing for the Future" have no place in Wikipedia as one cannot "plan" for any other time other than the future and if one has a plan that is like a strategy then one should just say strategy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fudoculated (talkcontribs) 05:27, 1 December 2012‎

I'm not sure what criteria you're referring to. WP:N or maybe something from WP:NOT? --Ronz (talk) 05:37, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

I completely agree, 'strategic' is here used to insinuate that something is 'long term', which is not accurate, since you can have a short term strategy and a long term strategy, meaning strategy is a plan. You can not have a 'planned plan', which is what 'strategic plan' really means. However, it has already been generally accepted and even worst, it has been thought at schools for a long time as that. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:23, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

This article clearly defines words encompassed by "strategic" in regard to planning[edit]

To hatch a plan that does not adequately deal with reality is a wasted effort. And a plan ("long term or not") without a guiding strategy would seem to be prone to failure. Thus it is proposed that the "strategic" adjective is meaningless.


It would seem that the concepts of "vision" and "mission" and perhaps the word "values" are the "long term" words of strategic planning and that the words "goals", "objectives", "projects", and "actions" are the shorter term variants guided by the afore mentioned "long term" words. Words have meaning and it seems to me that the definition of these meanings and their relationship, one to the other, is an important "mission" of Wikipedia. That these relationships are sorted, discussed, and realized in the cauldron of on line democracy is fundamental to my own perceived purpose of the Wikipedia project. I would not want any further invasion of the "business" people into this article. As it now exists, the distinctions between "business" planning, and "social action" strategic planning are brought forth at least in a limited fashion.--The Trucker (talk) 17:09, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

I would propose that we dispense with the term "planning", and simply go with Strategy Development and Execution (or Implementation). It takes a while for a coherent strategy to emerge, hence "development" may be more suitable, given the iterative nature of the task. The term Strategy Formulation may also work. Implementation or Execution encompasses planning. [[[Special:Contributions/|]] (talk) 23:56, 15 May 2015 (UTC)]

three key questions[edit]

These aren't central to strategy. They may be useful for background, but strategy is about what a person or organisation wants to achieve in future. That may have little to do with what the person or org is presently doing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:37, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

All actions one plans to take are by definition, in the future. Whether those plans are Strategic or Tactical is the key. Stragetic planning suggests that its accomplishment is hinged on multiple relatively simple, discrete actions i.e. tactics. For example, winning WWII was a vision which involved defeating Japan and Germany in each theatre of war. Defeating Germany involved multiple Strategies including breaking the stranglehold U-Boats had on the western oceans of the Mediteranean and Atlantic. It also involved a Strategy of opening up a new battle front on the French coast at Normandy. Related tactics included hundreds of discrete actions, which underpinned the success of each stragety. The discrete actions were not usually long term nor massive in scope or complexity. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:03, 24 March 2014 (UTC)