The McKinsey 7S framework
The McKinsey 7S framework is a simple but powerful way of describing the key elements of a business organisation. There are seven key elements (strategy, structure, systems, shared values, staff, skills and style), and for the firm to be functioning effectively all seven have to work in a coherent and aligned way.
When to use it
- To improve the overall performance of a firm.
- To implement a chosen strategy.
- To diagnose the problems inside a firm that is struggling with change.
- To align people and activities following a major change.
The origins of the McKinsey 7S framework are well known. It was developed by Tom Peters, Robert Waterman, Anthony Athos and Richard Pascale through a series of meetings in ...