The practical value of strategic direction

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Strategic planning has been imported into social work from the business sector. The Business Plan is a key component of strategic planning and is typically used by management to steer an organisation through times of environmental turbulence. This paper argues that the Business Plan is relevant not only for the management structure of an agency, but also for the individual workers within that agency. After presenting the theory of the Business Plan and the plan of his own agency, the author presents the results of a small study (29 social workers). This study found significant positive relationships between the feeling of making a significant contribution to the Business Plan, job satisfaction, energy and motivation for work, commitment to the organisation and perceived client satisfaction. The author discusses the resultant implications and practice recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalAdministration in Social Work
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Commitment
  • Job satisfaction
  • Management
  • Strategic planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health (social science)
  • Public Administration


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