Why planning sometimes fails

There has been much research on what can go wrong in a formal planning system. The aim of this chapter is to provide a guide to the pitfalls, and ways of avoiding them, drawing on research and the personal experiences of the author.

Several times in this book it has been stressed that planning can fail because of the way it is introduced or managed in a particular company. The previous chapter set out to give positive advice on the way the introduction of planning might be handled. This chapter attempts to look at the problem from a different way – to diagnose failure areas and warn against them.

Much of the material of this chapter comes from personal experiences, backed by numerous discussions with ...

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