Strategic and Operational Planning

What is the difference between Strategic and Operational planning?

 
Point of Comparison

 
Strategic Planning

 
Operational Planning

1. Scope

For the enterprise as a whole.

For particular departments or functional areas.

2. Range of choice

Wide-broad directions for planned allocation of resources.

Narrow-specific ways and means.

3. Type of 

    Environment

External environment.

Internal environment.

4. Time span

Long-range.

Short-range.

5. Question

Where should we go.

How will we get there.

6. Primarcy

Preceeds operational planning.

Succeeds strategic planning.

7. Level of

    Formulation

Top-level management.

Operating and middle levels.

8. Resources

Acquisition of new resources.

Within the framework of existing resources.

9. End result

Objectives and strategies.

Detailed programmes.

Strategic and Operational Planning

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Strategic and Operational Planning 

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