Individual Paper I: Strategic Change. Candie’s Foundation

Write a 6- to 8-page paper (not including title page and reference page) that addresses the following:

Describe an existing non-profit or public organization of interest to you.
Explain why the organization is in need of strategic change.
Conduct a SWOT analysis for the organization. Explain the results of the analysis and how the results might influence the strategic planning process.
Conduct an Appreciative Inquiry 4-D Cycle analysis for the organization. Explain the results of the analysis and how the results might influence the strategic planning process.
Compare organizational outcomes when using SWOT to organizational outcomes when using Appreciative Inquiry.

Use proper APA formatting and include the following:

A title page and running head

An introduction that states the purpose of the paper
Level 1 headings to define each part of the paper
A conclusion to synthesize the entire paper
A minimum of six scholarly sources to support your paper
In-text citations as appropriate
A reference list
Please use the Candie’s Foundation as the non-profit organization

 

Required Resources

Readings

  • Bryson, J. M. (2011). Strategic planning for public and nonprofit organizations: A guide to strengthening and sustaining organizational achievement (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
    • Chapter 5, “Assessing the Environment to Identify Strengths and Weaknesses, Opportunities and Challenges” (pp. 150–184)

      This chapter explains the importance of identifying organizational strengths and weaknesses through environmental assessments. It also examines this assessment process, including external and internal environmental assessments.

    • Chapter 6, “Identifying Strategic Issues Facing the Organization” (pp. 185–218)

      This chapter provides examples of strategic issues organizations commonly face. It also offers ways to identify these issues within an organization.

    • Resource B, “Using the Web in the Strategic Planning Process” (pp. 428–449)

      This resource examines Web-based tools that might benefit organizations. It also provides examples of their use in the strategic planning process.

  • Case Western Reserve University. (n.d.). AI and nonprofit/NGO: The GEM initiative. Retrieved June 14, 2014, from http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/practice/nonprofit.cfm

    This website provides links to resources for appreciative inquiry, as well as the Global Excellence in Management (GEM) initiative website.

  • Case Western Reserve University. (n.d.). AI in the non-profit & NGO sector. Retrieved June 14, 2014, from http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/practice/organization.cfm?sector=23

    This website lists links to case studies, field stories, articles, and books on appreciative inquiry.

  • Case Western Reserve University. (n.d.). Outstanding cases. Retrieved June 14, 2014, from http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/intro/bestcases.cfm

    This website offers over 20 case studies on using appreciate inquiry in a variety of settings.

  • Cooperrider, D., Barrett, F., & Srivastva, S. (1995). Social construction and appreciative inquiry: A journey in organizational theory. In D. Hosking, H.P. Dachler, & K. Gergen, (Eds.), Management and organization: Relational alternatives to individualism (pp. 157–200). Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing. Retrieved from http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/uploads/SocConst%20and%20AI.pdf

    This text excerpt examines the theory and practice of appreciative inquiry in organizations.

  • Whitney, D., Cooperrider, D. L. (2000). The appreciative inquiry summit: An emerging methodology for whole system positive change. Journal of the Organization Development Network, 32, 13–26. Retrieved from http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/intro/classicsDetail.cfm?coid=357

    This article explores a framework for the appreciative inquiry methodology. It also outlines conditions for successfully using appreciative inquiry on a large-scale. Note: To view the article, follow the link “The Appreciative Inquiry Summit Method (a pre-publication draft) (doc)” on this webpage.

Optional Resources

  • Kotlin, A. D. (2008). What does it take to have a successful strategic plan?! CPA Practice Management Forum, 4(1), 20–21.
  • Malik, S. A., Al Kahtani, N. S., & Naushad, M. (2013). Integrating AHP, SWOT and QSPM in strategic planning—An application to College Of Business Administration in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Academic Research, 5(5), 373–379.
  • Millett, S. M. (2006). Futuring and visioning: Complementary approaches to strategic decision making. Strategy & Leadership, 34(3), 43–50.
  • Yoder, E. C., Long, W. E., & Nix, D. E. (2013). Phase zero contracting operations—Strategic and integrative planning for contingency and expeditionary operations. Defense Acquisition Research Journal, 20(3), 349–372.
  • Lega, F., Longo, F., & Rotolo, A. (2013). Decoupling the use and meaning of strategic plans in public healthcare. BioMed Central Health Services Research, 13(5). Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/13/5
  • Candies Foundation (n.d.). The Candie’s foundation: Mission. Retrieved from http://www.candiesfoundation.org/aboutUs_Mission

 

 

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