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Collaborative strategic and business planning at the micro level: The Murdoch Business School

Holloway, D.A. and van Rhyn, D. (2004) Collaborative strategic and business planning at the micro level: The Murdoch Business School. In: 4th Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting Conference, 3 - 7 July 2004, Singapore Management University, Singapore pp. 1-32.

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This paper analyses and critiques the traditional top-down strategic planning process that prevails in organisations. It investigates the argument(s) for a shift from the traditional to an emergent approach to planning issues. It argues, however, for a planning approach that has active staff/employee involvement and ownership of the process to nurture real engagement with the outcome(s) and to enhance authorship of, and commitment to, the final results. The empirical component is a case study of the planning process used by the Murdoch Business School within Murdoch University in Western Australia. It concludes that although the planning process was an effective example of participative decision-making it remained a limited form of empowerment. The University can publicly proclaim that it has implemented a ‘best practice’ planning process. The reality is that it has been no more than an organisational act of game playing unlikely to be repeated in future.

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