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PSA 445: Strategic Planning in PSA

Course Description

This course examines the fundamentals and application of strategic analysis and planning in public safety. Strategic Planning for Public Safety is designed to address the interests and needs of those currently working as professionals in the public safety arena. This course introduces the student to the development of strategic plans, the process of determining long-term and short-term goals and the management of public safety programs.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Discuss the difference between, Strategy, Planning, and Strategic Planning including the traps most often associated with Strategic Planning and best practice models.
  2. Discuss the procedural process of Strategic Planning from conception to implementation and follow-through.
  3. Identify and define the major philosophical and procedural controversies within the student's respective Public Safety field and establish a personal position in regard to those controversies.
  4. Demonstrate and discuss strategic planning through development of a plan to meet the future needs and challenges of the student's respective area of Public Safety.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

This course is designed in a scholar/practitioner model. Students are expected through weekly reading assignments and other material supplied each week to demonstrate in discussion threads a scholarly understanding of theoretical concepts in strategic planning in both the private and public sectors and then, utilizing that knowledge as well as their own unique work experience, to design a potential strategic plan to improve their respective current area of Public Safety. The final paper, which is developed and discussed throughout the five weeks, is a strategic plan for one solution of their choice. As a 400 level class both theoretical knowledge and practical application of that knowledge are critical. This class will stress the integration of the two.

Assignment(s)Weight

Reading Assignments and respective weekly posts to discussion threads on Black Board

40%

Strategic Plan project paper due week 5 (30% for final paper due week 5, 15% in weeks 1 and 3 for planning stage assignments culminating in final paper)

60%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)

  • Anderson, Erika. (2010). Being Strategic. St. Martin’s Press, ISBN-10: 031265670X or ISBN-13: 978-0312656706

Additional Resources

  • Harvard Business Review-The Big Lie of Strategic Planning, Roger L. Martin, January-February 2-014 issue
  • Harvard Business Review-Are You Confusing Strategy With Planning, Roger L. Martin, May 2, 2014
  • Harvard Business Review-Which Strategy “Comfort Traps” Are You Falling Into?, Roger L. Martin, May 2, 2014
  • Both articles and the “Comfort Trap” questionnaire are available at hbr.org. Additionally I will email each student the articles and link to the questionnaire (which will be used in conjunction with their final paper)
  • Good Resources for Research on Final Paper:
    Association for Strategic Planning (www.strategyassociation.org/) - Founded in 1999, ASP is the only not-for-profit professional association dedicated to advancing thought and practice in strategy development and deployment for business, non-profit and government organizations. ASP provides opportunities to explore cutting-edge strategic planning principles and practices that enhance organizational success and advance members' and organizations' knowledge, capability, capacity for innovation, and professionalism.

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

1,4

Topic: What is Strategic Planning?

  • Readings: Text pp. 1-106 and Harvard Business Review article The Big Lie of Strategic Planning
  • Participate in the Discussions. Respond to at least two other posts in the threaded discussions.
  • Submit one original post (at least 250 words) to the Discussion Board on an aspect of the Harvard Business Review article or text that surprised you.
  • Submit a one-page proposal for a strategic plan that is relevant to your world. This paper should define the challenge and clarify the current state to establish a starting point. Use the text model on pp. 102-104 as a guide. The paper can be either a one-page narrative, or an introductory paragraph followed by a SWOT analysis.

2

1,2,4

Topic: Crafting the Plan

  • Readings: Text pp. 107-150
  • Participate in the Discussions. Respond to at least two other posts in the threaded discussions.
  • Submit one original post (at least 250 words) to the Discussion Board on the theory of strategic planning as described in the text and whether (or not) you have seen that process demonstrated in your area of Public Safety.
  • Using the format on pp. 143-146 in the text, map an outline of your strategic plan that would include What Is, What’s The Hope, What’s In The Way, What’s The Path (Strategies), and What’s The Path (Tactics).

3

1,2,4

Topic: Current Theories and Misconceptions in Strategic Planning

  • Readings: Text pp. 151-209, Harvard Business Review article Are You Confusing Strategy With Planning?, Harvard Business Review test Which Strategy “Comfort Traps” Are You Falling Into?
  • Participate in the Discussions. Respond to at least two other posts in the threaded discussions.
  • Submit one original post (at least 250 words) to the Discussion Board on one of the pitfalls or misconceptions in strategic planning as described in either the text or Harvard Business Review articles. Have you seen the results of that pitfall or misconception in your work experience?
  • Take the Which Strategy Comfort Traps Are You Falling Into? test (link from the article Are You Confusing Strategy With Planning?) and, based on results, make any course corrections necessary to your strategic plan.
  • Rough Draft of Strategic Plan due (5-8 pages)

4

1

Topic: Long Term Repositioning

  • Readings: Text pp. 210-272
  • Participate in the Discussions. Respond to at least two other posts in the threaded discussions.
  • Long-term repositioning is perhaps the most neglected and misunderstood aspect of strategic planning. Submit one original post (at least 250 words) to the Discussion Board on how you plan to address long-term repositioning within the framework of your strategic plan?

5

1,2,3,4

Topic: Bringing it All Together

  • Readings: Review complete text and both Harvard Business Review articles
  • Participate in the Discussions. Respond to at least two other posts in the threaded discussions.
  • Based on the reading assignments over the past five weeks, the Discussion Board conversations, and you experience in developing you own strategic plan,. Submit one original post (at least 250 words) to the Discussion Board placing the process and practice of strategic planning within the framework of your particular area of Public Safety in terms of relevance, suggested priority, and/or place in your culture?
  • Final paper (strategic plan) due. 8-10 pages.

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