Friday, 20 November 2009

The Art of War

JISCinfonet used one of yesterday's sessions to launch their new infokit on preparing a Strategy. Steve Bailey gave a good presentation on some of the issues we all face when defining a strategy and getting buy in from the rest of the institution or department. Many people are confused abut what a strategy actually is, and one definition is the art of war, which might apply in some institutions, but perhaps a more appropriate definition is the process of defining an orgsnisation's direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital and people - straight from Wikipedia!

What Steve covered in his talk was why some strategies are not fully accepted by the organisation - the most common being I don't know what it is. Closely followed by it's not relevant to me. The other issue of course is that often they're full of motherhood and apple pie phrases - take several mission statement from different Universities or organisations and try and guess which ones are from which - the guess is that they are usually so similar that it would be hard to do.

So, the toolkit has been put together to share good practice and to provide tools to help draw up an effective strategy. The JISC infoKits are normally pretty good so I would suggest that this is worth a look.

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