Strategic Management: Planning for Today’s Realities and Tomorrow’s Probabilities

This course will explore how to engage in strategic planning and management of a nonprofit organization with innovation and agility, so that an organization’s mission, vision, values, programs and resources may be fully aligned. Students will learn the skills needed to develop these key aspects of a strategic plan and manage its successful implementation.

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Section 0920
September 10 - October 14, 2020
Course Fee: $550
Instructor: Catherine Painter
Registration Deadline: Monday, September 7, 2020 at 11:59pm (CT)
Location: Online
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Course Details

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Strategic Management: Vision, Mission and Values
  • Planning to Plan: Designing a Planning Process
  • Managing and Engaging in the Planning Process
  • The Planning Retreat: Making Strategic Decisions
  • Building Out the Plan and Managing its Implementation

 

Course Benefits

  • Articulate the importance of strategic management for nonprofits and differentiate it from strategic planning
  • Identify essential components of a strategic planning process
  • Conduct a SWOT analysis for a nonprofit organization and recognize other tools available for planning
  • Understand the purpose and function of a strategic planning retreat in the context of the larger strategic planning process
  • Develop a work plan to implement an organization’s new strategic directions

 

Special Features

  • A weekly Resource Center, which provides carefully tailored readings and other resources
  • “Studio” activities offer opportunities for new and experienced practitioners to cultivate practical skills
  • Original case studies and problem-based learning activities
  • In-depth weekly discussions on the real-life challenges and opportunities of strategic management
  • A small class size of 25 participants

 

Workload

This is an instructor-led course delivered entirely online. It is highly interactive and requires 8-10 hours per week of active participation on discussion boards and completion of assigned projects.

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