Gross Family Research Seminar Lunch Hour Learning Series

Does Strategic Planning Improve Organizational Performance?


Gross Family Research Seminar: Lunch Hour Learning Series with Dr. Bert George

Strategic planning is a widely adopted management approach in contemporary organizations. Nonetheless, strategic planning has been criticized for being overly rational and inhibiting strategic thinking. Bert will present a meta-analysis of 87 correlations from 31 empirical studies and thus ask: Does strategic planning improve organizational performance? A random-effects meta-analysis reveals a positive, moderate and significant impact of strategic planning on organizational performance. Meta-regression analysis suggests that the positive impact of strategic planning on organizational performance is strongest when performance is measured as effectiveness and strategic planning is measured as formal strategic planning. This impact holds across sectors (i.e., private and public) and countries (i.e., U.S. and non-U.S.). Implications for public administration theory, research and practice are discussed during the presentation.

Dr. Bert George is Tenured Assistant Professor of Public Management at the Department of Public Governance and Management – Ghent University (Belgium). His research focuses on strategy, behavior and performance in public administration. Bert was a visiting scholar at City University of Hong Kong's renowned Laboratory for Public Management and Policy. He has published in the top public administration journals and has received several awards for his work - including the triennial award for Best Belgian Doctorate in Public Economics (CIRIEC Belgium).


October 24, 2019
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 175
301 19th Ave So
Minneapolis, MN 55455