QUESTION 56

WHAT ROLE AM I EXPECTED TO PLAY IN PLANNING?

Why it’s important: To be an effective manager you must be able to influence the planning process and the targets that are set for you.

There are broadly two approaches to planning that organisations can adopt: top down or bottom up.

SUPPORTERS OF THE TOP-DOWN APPROACH:

Believe that the planning process should only involve senior executives and a few professional planners. This means that there is minimum communication between the planning elite and the organisation’s managers and other staff. The only contact occurs when the elite requires managers to supply them with specific information.

Expect that once the plan or budget has been completed, it will be accepted without question by managers ...

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