Strategic Planning: A Key Component of Organizational Success

Strategic planning can be defined as the “process of developing and maintaining a strategic fit between the organization’s goals and the changing landscape.” In other words, the process of strategic planning involves identification of where the organization is, compared to where it wishes to go. The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) utilizes a strategic planning process facilitated by a committee of stakeholders from components within the organization. This process is identified within agency policy; however, many employees are unfamiliar with the process or what it has the ability to do for the organization. The MSHP strategic plan “involves an ongoing process which results in a multi-year [three-year] plan outlining long-range goals and objectives of the Patrol and how they may be achieved.”