PPOL-639 STRATEGY IN PUBLIC POLICY
Fall for 2017-2018
It seems that new national or departmental strategies of sorts are released every few weeks. But are these foundational documents expected to drive change throughout entities within their scope, or are they simply marketing pieces? More fundamentally, what, exactly, is strategy (or what should it be)? Why is strategy important? How is it developed? This class seeks to answer such questions by examining topics ranging from grand strategy to strategy/strategic planning in the policy arena; differences between strategy, strategic planning, operational planning, and budgeting; net assessment and futures analysis; table-top exercises/war-games; the use of strategy/strategic planning in business (as a counterpoint to policy); and criticisms of strategy and examples of good and bad strategies across government.
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