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    BUSINESS PLANNING AND STRATEGIC DECISION MAKING
     

    This program is designed for existing and aspiring board members prepare effective business plans as well as make strategic decisions based on the plans. It is appropriate for both private and quoted companies. It will cover:

    • the business planning process
    • the tools and techniques required to prepare business plans
    • the decision-making processes associated with business planning

     

    Training objectives

    At the end of this business planning and strategic decision-making workshop each participant will have:

    • Understand the structure of a business plan
    • Understand the analytical and forecasting tools used to prepare and process the data for the plan
    • An  introduction to  analytical tools used to manage risk
    • Understand decision-making at board level

     

    COURSE OUTLINE


     

    PART I: INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS PLANNING

    Module 1: Purpose of business planning

    Module 2: The hierarchy of strategies

    Module 3: Overview of functional strategies

    Module 4: The business planning model and the structure of the business plan

    Module 5: Relating the business plan to the needs of its audience

     

    PART II: TOOLS, TECHNIQUES & TARGET SETTING

    Module 6: Forecasting volumes, target-setting and developing the budget

    Module 7: Break-even analysis and contingency planning

    Module 8: Pricing for profit

     

    PART III: UNCERTAINTY & RISK

    Module 9: Cause and effect analysis, multiple cause analysis

    Module 10: Data and logic models for handling uncertainty

    Module 11: Risk management, what if analysis, developing scenarios and simulation models

    PART IV: DECISION-MAKING & PROBLEM SOLVING

    Module 12: Rational and non-rational decision-making

    Module 13: Structured problem-solving

    Module 14: Novelty, complexity and ambiguity

    Module 15: Phases in problem-solving

     

    PART V: INTEGRATIVE CASE STUDY

    Case study review

    Course review

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    FORMAT

    An interactive and practical one day session which will involve role play and case studies.

     

     



    Overview

    This one day session will equip existing and aspiring directors with the skills to prepare effective business strategies within the context of the:

    • Business and its environment
    • Strategic options available to the business
    • Resource allocation and the performance evaluation methods associated with the development and implementation of business strategy

    This workshop is practical and includes case studies. It is equally appropriate to private and quoted companies.

    Training objectives

    At the end of this workshop each participant will have:

    • Understanding  business strategy, how it impacts the business plan and how it relates to corporate strategy
    • Understand the conceptual models used to analyse the organization’s  opportunities and threats, strengths and weaknesses
    • Understand the techniques for developing strategic options and making appropriate strategic choices
    • Understand the basis of resource allocation and performance evaluation


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    COURSE OUTLINE
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    PART I: BUSINESS STRATEGYN & INDUSTR

     ANALYSIS

     

    Module 1: The hierarchy of strategies

    Module 2: The structure of business strategy

    Module 3: Analysis of industries

    Module 4: Competition and competitors

    Module 5: Introducing the case study

     

    PART II: MARKETS CUSTOMERS & MARKET DRIVEN STRATEGIES

    Module 6: The analysis of markets, customers and generic market strategies

    Module 7: Integrative case study: identifying opportunities and threats

     

    PART III: RESOURCES, COMPETENCIES & COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

    Module 8: The analysis of financial resources, people and operations

    Module 9: Knowledge and innovation

    Module 10: Competencies

    Module 11: Adding value and competitive advantage

    Module 12: Integrative case study: identifying strengths and weaknesses

     

    PART IV: FINDING THE WAY FORWARD

    Module 13: Developing strategic options and allocating resources

    Module 14: Evaluation and performance management

    PART V: REVIEW

    Case study review

    Course review

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    FORMAT

    An interactive one day session which involves examples and case studies

    Training account officer: 07454459895