Strategic planning has long been one of the most popular managerial approaches in organizations across sectors and worldwide. Strategic planning is considered a meso-level approach to strategy formulation, implying that it is used to formulate an organizational strategy following a somewhat systematic and deliberate process. There are a great many links to make between strategic planning and important public management and governance concepts. Strategic planning is indeed a transversal concept, in that it touches upon so many aspects of modern public management and governance. The chapter explores five themes relevant to strategic planning: (1) transnational and network governance, (2) public values and stakeholder expectations, (3) rules, regulations and bureaucracy, (4) organizational and societal change, (5) public governance in complex systems.

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