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Organizational planning and policy analysis: Combining theory with experiential learning

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Planning is vital to the continued effectiveness of educational institutions. The course described in this paper succeeds in combining two crucial elements of a student's comprehension of the planning process: first, an overview of the strategic planning literature provides a theoretical underpinning; then, an experiential planning exercise reinforces and extends the student's appreciation for this complex process. This course focuses on the alternative futures approach to planning. This approach has the added benefits of linking a study of relevant developments in the real world, through the planning process, with strategy formulation for the simulated institution.

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He obtained his Ph.D. at the Florida State University in 1969. His research, writing, and teaching activities focus on using futures research methods in planning and policy analysis. David M. Brock is a doctoral student in higher education and a lecturer in business at North Carolina State University. His teaching and research activities focus on the areas of business strategy, consumer behavior, and applications of corporate strategic principles to colleges and universities.

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Morrison, J.L., Brock, D.M. Organizational planning and policy analysis: Combining theory with experiential learning. Innov High Educ 15, 137–151 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00898026

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  • Planning Process
  • Experiential Learning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Educational Institution
  • Policy Analysis