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Title: Strategic planning in publicly quoted Jordanian companies
Author: Aldehayyat, Jehad Saleh.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3410 3161
Awarding Body: University of Huddersfield
Current Institution: University of Huddersfield
Date of Award: 2006
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Strategic planning was established and used in developed countries as a means to manage change in the environment. Over time the planning research and wisdom came from those countries. But, strategic planning in developing countries is not taken seriously and relatively little research has been conducted in these countries. The current research empirically examines the extent of practice strategic planning in publicly quoted Jordanian companies (hereafter referred to as Jordanian companies). In addition, this research explores the organisational characteristics (company size, company age and nature of business) that influence such practice. This research also reported the managers' views towards strategic planning and identified the problems associated with the implementation of strategic planning in these companies. A cross sectional survey employing a questionnaire as the data collection method was adopted. The empirical research was conducted in May-July 2004 by hand delivering the questionnaires, which were written in both Arabic and English, to the Jordanian companies. A total of 83 valid responses were received, representing a 40% response rate. Among the important contributions to the body of knowledge made by this research is that, firstly it provides empirical evidence of about important areas of strategic planning practice which include: the nature of the involvement of top and line management in planning activities; the time horizon for planning; the use of environmental scanning (internal and external); the commitment to strategic activities; the use of strategy toolsl techniques. Secondly, it provides empirical evidence about the nature of the relationship between the organisational characteristics (size, age and nature of business) and the extent of strategic planning practice. Thirdly, it is considered as a first attempt to study strategic planning in Jordanian companies through a comprehensive multidimensional approach. Fourthly, it represents an attempt to provide a better understanding of the nature and practices of strategic planning in developing countries. The results of this research provide clear evidence that Jordanian companies practice strategic planning to a greater or lesser extent; that these companies put less emphasis on internal scanning; that the participation of top management is relatively high in all strategic planning activities; that larger companies are more likely to engage in strategic planning; that these companies have given little emphasis to the implementation process; that the large companies believe that the strategy adopted is the result of a deliberate process of formulation; that the smaller companies believe that the strategy adopted has "emerged" over time.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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