Strategic planning is and organizations process of defining, often in hyperbolic terms, its strategy or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital and people. Various business analysis techniques can be used in strategic planning, including SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats ).
Strategic planning is the formal consideration of an organization's future course. All strategic planning deals with at least one of three key questions:
1."Where are we?"
2."Where do we want to go?"
3."How do we get there and excel?"
In business strategic planning, some authors phrase the third question as "How can we beat or avoid competition?" But this approach is more about defeating competitors than about excelling.
In many organizations, this is viewed as a process for determining where an organization is going over the next year or-more typically-3 to 5 years (long term), although some extend their vision to 20 years.
In order to determine where it is going, the organization needs to know exactly where it stands, then determine where it wants to go and how it will get there. The resulting document is called the "strategic plan".
While strategic planning may be used to effectively plot a company's longer-term direction, one cannot use it to reliably forecast how the market will evolve and what issues will surface in the immediate future. Therefore, strategic innovation and tinkering with the "strategic plan" have to be a cornerstone strategy for an organization to survive the turbulent business climate.