Strategic planning in the U. S. Coast Guard: a case study of the Office of Command, Control and Communications
Irr, Francis X., Jr.
Roberts, Benjamin J.
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The Coast Guard's planning system is in need of improvement. Questions remain, however, about how much and in what areas the changes need to be made to effect the improvements . The study uses the Coast Guard's Office of Command, Control and Communications (G-T) as an example for improving the overall Coast Guard planning system. It describes the current planning system and identifies its successes and problems. A method for formally analyzing the quality and effectiveness of the planning system is illustrated through the use of Tichy's model for strategic change management. Recommendations for changes to the strategic planning system are derived from the analysis of G-T. The study shows the strategic planning system in G-T is in need of improvement. The current system has some advantages, but its problems make the system less effective than it should be. Further, the Tichy model provides a comprehensive insight into planning problems and makes possible the identification of solutions to improve the planning system. It is recommended that managers in G-T become familiar with the Tichy model for future use in aligning the organization with its environment
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