How does management planning compare to 25 years ago? Is planning becoming more important or less important when everything changes so quickly and crises are a regular part of organizational life?

Long-term strategic plans for large organizations have not changed much in the last 25 years. However, subsidiary planning functions involving how to achieve the results in the strategic plan have changed a great deal, as management becomes decentralized and response times have become much quicker. Risk management and crisis management planning have become more common, as well as more flexible and sophisticated.

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Your question seems based on the premise that, 25 years ago, situations didn’t change quickly and there were far fewer crises. Remember, 25 years ago takes you back to the 1990s. The 1990s featured computers, email, the internet cell phones, and TV. Obviously, those products weren’t as ubiquitous as they are now, yet they weren’t exactly novelties anymore either.

I suppose you could argue the ubiquity and ease of communication right now makes management planning less important or stringent. Since team members are, essentially, never out of reach, it allows for the manager to make changes and adjustments whenever they need to.

With that being said, it might annoy team members if a manager is continuously amending or revising the initial plan. Yes, a manager, right now, can instantly communicate with someone 24/7. Yet a good manager probably shouldn’t be bothering their team members all of the time with texts, emails, and whatnot. As with 25 years ago, an apt manager should try to...

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