August 1, 2009

Research Proposal on The impact and effectiveness of strategic planning in public sector organizations: A case study of Ghana Standards Board


The rationale of research will be best suited for strategic planning undertaken by public organizations particular on Ghana's Standards Board and the presence of information based analysis as noted by several secondary resources centering on strategic planning stature. The impact of planning on organizational performance in the public sector has been widely debated but has never previously been tested empirically. The need to develop statistical model of planning effects that contain variables of extent of organizational analysis, extent of environmental scanning, number of precise performance targets, existence of formal action plans for service improvement and attitudes of staff involved in the planning process. To show evidence that Ghana standards board is positively related to favorable attitudes towards planning processes, but negatively related to the number of targets that are set. There has been little research measuring the extent to which strategic planning is actually used by Ghana, nature of methods and processes used in different agencies, reasons agencies give for initiating strategic planning, objectives for planning process.

Research methodology

Preliminary literature will be used in focus to strategic planning from various studies and researches, this will be in lieu to public organizations perspectives. Then, case study analysis will be used and be executed to the standards board of Ghana thus, looking into strategic planning processes adopted or planned by the Board that pertains to positive impact and effectiveness of the planning in accordance to public sector integration. The presence of case survey method will be applied this will be in form survey statements comprising of five point scale responses ranging from point 1 to point 5 of strongly agree down to strongly disagree, this will be in percentage ratio as frequencies will be noted depending on the degree of responses. Research subjects will consists of executive board members working at Ghana's standards board, total of 10 subjects is enough to participate in the case survey.

Expected outcome

Strategic planning has been used in municipalities for 20 years now, but little is known about how it is used and the results obtained. Findings don't show dramatic expansion in the use of strategic planning, but there is some evidence of growing sophistication, as demonstrated by links to other management and decision making activities. Board members were enthusiastic about experiences with strategic planning and largely satisfied with their achievement of goals and objectives, finding out raising of the bar as far as strategic planning is concerned, but the use of comprehensive strategic management is only beginning to develop.The expected outcome can placed in consistency in findings as deemed used in methodology integration, literature organization, case analysis and case survey along with impact and effectiveness of strategic planning towards Ghana's standards board. Research will seek to raise awareness of the crucial importance of strategic management of the board and to overview the critical concepts and components of strategic management as noted by some public agencies.

Chapter Organization


Chapter 1: General Introduction

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Aims and Objectives

1.3 Summary

Chapter 2: Literature Review

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Literature

2.3 Summary

Chapter 3: Methodology

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Research Methodology

3.3 Survey /case

3.4 Data Analysis

Chapter 4: Analysis, Findings and Discussions

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Case study analysis results and analysis

4.3 Case study survey data, figures and illustrations

Chapter 5: Conclusion and Recommendations

Chapter 6: References

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