Strategic Planning tools
A summary of well-known strategic planning tools – The Boston consulting group matrix, general electric matrix, SWOT analysis, Porter's Generic competitive strategies, and Porter's five forces model
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What is strategy? by Michael Porter
A paper on the difference between operational effectiveness and strategy. But more broadly a clear definition of what strategy is. Useful for educational purposes. Or to find examples of how to map activities that help lead to a strategy.
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McKinsey: Enduring Ideas: Classic McKinsey frameworks that continue to inform management thinking
Classic McKinsey frameworks that continue to inform management thinking and strategy.
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PEST analysis
An explanation of PEST analysis, including a template, examples, and an extension (PESTLE)
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User Persona Creator and SWOT analysis template by Xtensio
Suite of free interactive templates from Xtensio. Includes Persona Creator to help you define ideal user types, and SWOT analysis template.
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Value Grid
A simple 9X9 value grid for understanding relative value positionings within both categories and portfolios, plus a few UK centric examples
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Tiny Content Framework
Framework for content strategy. Helps you get to the bottom of things. Includes brief templates, editorial calendar fields, and product questions.
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SWOT analysis
SWOT is an acronym used to describe particular Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats that are strategic factors for a specific company.
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Ansoff product-market growth matrix
This is useful in terms of defining what type of growth strategy a business' strengths will enable most naturally. i.e.market penetration, product development, etc.
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Boston matrix model
The Boston Matrix model is a tool for assessing existing and development products in terms of their market potential, and thereby implying strategic action for products and services in each category.
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Building a strategy toolkit
An exploration into the role and importance of strategy tools and which strategy tools are used the most.
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