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Ch 2: Applying Strategic Thinking in Organizations

About This Chapter

Developing visionary employees who will help your business grow as a learning organization is the focus of these video lessons on the applications of strategic thinking. Your managers and other employees will learn to work through the strategic management and appreciative inquiry processes.

Applying Strategic Thinking in Organizations - Chapter Summary

In this corporate training chapter we provide an in-depth exploration of strategic thinking applications in specific management processes. Our excellent instructors have loads of experience teaching business principles, and in these videos they discuss topics including:

  • Thinking strategically as a team
  • Building learning organizations
  • Strategic mapping and management
  • Systems thinking
  • Appreciative inquiry

These videos help to break these complex concepts down into brief, manageable chunks. Be sure to discuss strategic thinking and management with your team; the questions in the lesson quizzes make for a great starting point. You can also have your employees complete the chapter test to see how well they absorbed the key concepts.

How It Helps

  • Informs decision making: Your employees and managers will have specific tools to work through long-term planning.
  • Encourages learning: As a learning organization, your business will grow and flourish in new ways, and here your employees will learn how to make it so.
  • Expands innovation: Applying the principles taught here will help employees explore new solutions to meet customer needs and increase productivity.

Skills Covered

Upon completion of this chapter, your employees will understand how to:

  • Develop teams which think strategically
  • Turn your company into a learning organization
  • Apply strategic management principles to decision making
  • Use strategic mapping to visualize long-term planning
  • Describe and apply systems thinking within managerial functions
  • Analyze challenges in the business and develop means to meet them

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Applying Strategic Thinking in Organizations
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Fostering Strategic Thinking on Your Team

1. Fostering Strategic Thinking on Your Team

In this lesson, we'll address and analyze different methods that can be used to help foster strategic thinking while working together as part of a team.

How Companies Become Learning Organizations

2. How Companies Become Learning Organizations

In today's knowledge economy, it is imperative that organizations and their members find ways to acquire, share, and apply new knowledge; a notion that is highly characteristic of a learning organization. In this lesson, you will learn what it means to be a learning organization and the benefits of becoming one.

The Strategic Management Process

3. The Strategic Management Process

We will be reviewing the strategic management process, starting with the four main steps of the process. These steps provide the foundation for understanding strategic management as a whole and will serve you well as you deal with management decision-making situations.

The Benefits of Strategic Mapping

4. The Benefits of Strategic Mapping

This lesson will define strategic mapping and why organizations and businesses use it. You'll learn about the benefits of strategic mapping, and you can test your knowledge with a quiz.

Systems Thinking in Management: Definition, Theory & Model

5. Systems Thinking in Management: Definition, Theory & Model

System thinking is an essential component of a learning organization. In this lesson, we will be exploring the definition of system thinking, its underlying theory, and model.

What Is Appreciative Inquiry? - Definition & Process

6. What Is Appreciative Inquiry? - Definition & Process

In this lesson, we'll be learning about appreciative inquiry, an important part of the decision-making process in the business world,. We'll also learn about it as a method used to introduce and facilitate company change.

Practical Application: Utilizing the Balanced Scorecard Approach

7. Practical Application: Utilizing the Balanced Scorecard Approach

Companies use a balanced scorecard to assess their growth in several key ways. This practical application walks you through the four major areas on a balanced scorecard and an example scorecard you can use now to assess your organization.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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