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Title: Factors affecting the Strategic Planning Process : case studies from Libyan public manufacturing companies
Author: El-Baruni, Khaled Massoud Yahia
ISNI:       0000 0004 2693 0118
Awarding Body: University of Salford
Current Institution: University of Salford
Date of Award: 2008
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Little research has been conducted in the area of Strategic Planning Processes (SPPs) in western contexts and especially in public organisations. Although such organisations differ significantly from business companies, their need for improved 'operability' is the same and since their difference in character means it is not possible to generalise from what literature exists, in-depth research is required in this connection. Moreover, existing research on strategic planning systems has focused more on the implementation-related factors affecting strategic plans, with little attention being paid to processes-related factors affecting the strategic planning in the development stages. This is particularly true and of great importance in developing countries, where managerial education and business practices are still in their infancy when compared to developed economies. This study involves the identification and investigation of SPPs- Related factors in the Libyan public manufacturing context. In order to achieve the research aim and objectives, a theoretical framework is first developed, reflecting a critical synthesis of the available literature. The theoretical framework subsequently informs an empirical investigation of the relevant factors in the Libyan environment. A qualitative case study strategy (involving two cases) is used in order to gain insight into the appropriateness of the framework and any necessary amendments that would reflect the situation under investigation. The semi-structured interview is the main instrument used for data collection purposes. Internal and external triangulation methodology is employed to increase the validity of the results, which indicate an explicit linkage between the various factors studied and the main phases of strategic plans' formulation. Moreover, unique factors in different areas within the SPPs are identified. Consequently, the initial theoretical framework is revised to reflect the findings from the case studies. The framework comprises six sets of factors (Resource assessment-related factors, Organisational-related factors, Structural-related factors, Cultural-related factors, Socio-political-related factors, and Economical-related factors) affecting the processes of setting strategic plans and the way these are linked to the main SPPs phases. In addition to the theoretical contribution of this thesis, it is envisaged that future SPPs design, evaluation, and implementation in the Libyan public manufacturing sector can draw upon and learn from the findings of this research, which represent a freshly-invented approach to strategic planning "An Integrated Approach to Strategic Planning".
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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