Social work

Discussion Post Response

Colleague 1 Samantha Freeze (They/Them)
Strategic planning is the allocation of resources to achieve goals as defined by their missions, visions, values, and long-term objectives (Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2022). The Salem Press Encyclopedia (2022) reports that strategic statements and strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT), the five-forces model, and BCG matrix are commonly used paradigms for systematic analysis and strategic planning.
Strategic planning creates a basis for the company to develop goals and plans based on their values and missions; this is important in ensuring social work organizations are aligning their ethics, goals, and processes. Leaders need to be aware of how to keep the organization moving toward the achievement of goals. Thus, they would benefit from an understanding of strategic planning and using strategic methods in addressing new obstacles and opportunities as they arise.
One issue that may arise during the strategic planning portion is ethical dilemmas. According to the Salem Press Encyclopedia (2022), it can be difficult to prevent relationships that create conflicts of interest due to interwoven nature of some companies, which can make it difficult to provide a complete and transparent explanation of the company’s scope to those outside of the organization. This has the potential to prevent clients or referral sources from understanding the complete scope of services that may be offered by an agency.
Strategic planning. (2022). In Salem Press encyclopedia. Salem Press.
Colleague 2 Charlene M Williams
Strategic planning can be valuable by finding the organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats which is also a SWAT analysis. Considerations through this analytical process factor in the organization’s values, mission, vision, and future to fit into the changes internally and externally (Tarifin, 2021).
To assist in ethical dilemmas and strategic planning, consideration would include stakeholder participation, organizational values, individual values, and managing change. Stakeholder participation offers different ideas and added support. Organizational values are essential statements that guide the organization to gain objectives and balance with the mission. Individual values are the personal values to support the direction of the organization. Managing change is having an individual embrace organizational changes (Robinson, 2003).
Robinson, R. (2003, July 07). Ethical considerations in strategic planning. Charity Village. Retrieved from:
Tarifin N. (2021). A Critical Review of Theoretical Aspects of Strategic Planning and Firm Performance. Open Journal of Business and Management. 9 DOI: 10.4236/ojbm.2021.94107


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