Strategy and tools in business

Strategy and tools in businessOver the years a lot of good and bad stuff has been said about SWOT. Sure it is not the most robust of tools but when used in the way it was originally developed – it is a powerful tool. Some people have argued that it is time to move on from SWOT to other things – in this piece we explore SOAR an appreciative Inquiry tool.An interesting article on this topic was published in Ai Practitioner magazine (http://preview.tinyurl.com/2bvobg ) (it is available … [Read more...]

Introduction to the PESTLE analysis tool

PEST/ PESTLE Analysis Introduction PESTLE Analysis micro site - History - Introduction - Templates - HR example - Schools & Education - PEST-GThe PEST or PESTLE AnalysisOriginally designed as a business environmental scan, the PEST or PESTLE analysis is an analysis of the external macro environment (big picture) in which a business operates. These are often factors which are beyond the control or influence of a business, however are important to be aware of when doing product … [Read more...]

SWOT analysis (TOWS matrix) Made Simple

SWOT Analysis Made Simple - History, Definition, Tools, Templates & WorksheetsHow to do a SWOT analysis SWOT analysis made simple - date reviewed April 2016This page has been developed to help you to carry out a SWOT  or TOWS analysis. It can be used for strategic planning or business review purposes. This page is comprehensive. It contains many examples, templates and outlines. Go straight to the free Templates (below) Template 2 Template 3 Template 4 Page Contents (there is a … [Read more...]

Myth of the History of SWOT – Learned, Christensen, Andrews and Guth – wrong?

Myth of the History of SWOT - Learned, Christensen, Andrews and Guth - why do so many writers get it wrong?There are 100s of websites that claim to know the origins of the SWOT Analysis. But it seems that lazy writers copy from others without checking their facts! Myth of the History of SWOT - Learned, Christensen, Andrews and Guth Some researchers reference the 1965 publication “Business Policy, Text and Cases” by Learned, Christensen, Andrews and GuthIt is close but not a SWOT as any … [Read more...]

swot pestle template

SWOT Analysis and PESTLE Analysis Templates Welcome to the RapidBI web site. To support the official CIPD fact sheets, this page contains two templates for you to use as part of your SWOT or PESTLE analysis. Remember to add the fact sheets and this site to your references. Jump down to the SWOT analysis template Jump down to the PESTLE analysis template Jump down to CPP project and assignment guide The SWOT analysis. The SWOT analysis is a great framework to explore the advantages and … [Read more...]

SWOT analysis and university students

SWOT Analysis - an email question Yes another article on SWOT analysis.On this site we have several pages exploring the SWOT analysis, and from time to time we receive emails asking for help. Usually from students on university or professional courses studying Management, Business studies or Human Resources.On this occasion I felt that rather then just a personal reply, that it should form the content of an article in its own right. The question was: I came across your website, and … [Read more...]

You reap WHAT you sow – what does this mean in marketing?

Social media marketing - tips for success in 2010 Read my 9 top tips for social media marketing  below.As entrepreneurs and smaller businesses marketing is a vital yet difficult concept for many of us. Many of us hate it and want to find the "quick fix".What prompted me to write this article was receipt this morning of a 'newsletter' I get that goes straight to my junk mail. It is from Kenneth Yu "the Puppet Master" (take care with his sites as they take a lot of processing power and clever … [Read more...]

SWOT analysis templates

SWOT Analysis Template Ready to use and apply SWOT Analysis templates. To complement our main - SWOT analysis page.This page contains a variety of SWOT analysis templates for you to use.To save you the effort of copying and pasting from this site, visit our Resource Zone where these SWOT analysis templates can be downloaded.Please visit regularly as we add new material all the time.  SWOT Analysis Template / Worksheet 1 - Try our business SWOT analysis … [Read more...]

SWOT Analysis Assignment – the basics & method

SWOT Analysis Assignment - the basicsWhat is a SWOT analysis?In simple terms a SWOT is a look at the factors and influences which may be considered a Strength, Weakness, Opportunity or Threat to an organization, its mission or goal or its current business plan/ objective.Assignments on SWOT & BusinessWhen studying management, marketing, business or human resources, it is not uncommon to be asked to complete a SWOT analysis assignment. What often makes this difficult is … [Read more...]

History of the SWOT analysis

History of the SWOT Analysis In recent years I have become rather obsessed with the history and origins of the SWOT, along with PESTLE & SMART.As the months have gone on I have identified much of the history of SWOT analysis and found may sites which appear to have credible sources - however when one 'delves deeper' often the data is clouded, indeed whenever I read of a source I attempted to buy the original book - so have amassed a large collection of old management books.For example, … [Read more...]

History of the SWOT Analysis (brief)

History of the SWOT Analysis Model In recent years I have become rather obsessed with the origins and the history of the SWOT analysis model, along with PESTLE & SMART.As the months have gone on I have identified much of the History of the SWOT analysis and found may sites which appear to have credible sources – however when one ‘delves deeper’ often the data is clouded, indeed whenever I read of a source I attempted to buy the original book – so have amassed a large collection of old … [Read more...]

History of PEST analysis

The PEST Analysis Political, Economic, Social and Technical factors affecting a business or organization from the environment in which it operates.Originally designed as a business environmental scan, the PEST analysis is an analysis of the external macro environment (big picture) in which a business operates. These are often factors which are beyond the direct control or influence of a business or organization, however are important to be aware of when doing product development, business … [Read more...]

Check the price you are paying

Does shopping around really make business sense? We do it for private purchases – but for our business purchases?It’s coming up to holiday season, and for many of us that means buying things we would not normally buy. Often when you go from shop to shop items are generally the same price or within a pound of each other. Indeed when I travel to Dubai, I have stopped shopping around. I am sure the whole place is price fixed... to the Dirham – of course you can negotiate for free extras. But … [Read more...]

SWOT Analysis in Nursing & Health care

SWOT analysis for Nurses and Health care environments Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in a health care environment. SWOT – for management, mentoring and nursing A SWOT analysis is a tool that can provide prompts to the managers, clinical leads, nurse tutors, nurse mentors and staff involved in the analysis of what is effective and less effective in clinical systems and procedures, in preparation for a plan of some form (that could be an audit (CQC), assessments, quality … [Read more...]

Business Diagnostic Models

Business Diagnostic Models There are many business diagnostic models available but are they all the same? DAVID LEYSERMAN said:A business diagnostic can refer to an activity or a tool used to carry out the activity and of course there are different tools for different jobs. Some diagnostic tools are quick and dirty questionnaires while others are elaborate exercises with scientifically validated outcomes. Diagnostics range from a general business health check through to drilling down into … [Read more...]

What is a Strategic Analysis?

What is a Strategic Analysis? A strategic analysis is an external review of what is happening in the environment in which your organization operates now, as well as short, medium and long term futures.It requires looking at several situations:What is happening now that may impact the organisation What might happen that could impact the organization What is the organizations response likely to be to change? How well prepared are the people in the organization to respond to … [Read more...]

Resources For Business

The RapidBI Team have been busy writing new free content covering strategic and tactical business theories, tools, techniques and methods appropriate for people involved in the development of organizations or themselves.Below are some of the most commonly viewed pages.Key Pages: Holistic Diagnostic Tools - Find out what using a holistic approach can offer you and your organization Scanning the Business Environment – Why do this – is it just a waste of time or the critical … [Read more...]

Strategic Organizational Development

Organisational Development professionals are the CEOs allies in creating a top performance culture for the organization.Organizational Development professionals are specialists in Change Management and Culture Development. However many find themselves in positions that make it difficult to get a straight line of communication to the CEO. Mainly because of the Organizational structure and the fact that OD-Organization Development is located under HR. Ideally the OD Head would have a position … [Read more...]

PRIMO-F Model for Business Development

PRIMO-F the Business Growth Model Often in organizations we use a SWOT analysis as a way of identifying priorities and areas for improvement. While theSWOT is a wonderfully flexible tool, it is too easy to miss out key elements. We tend to use a SWOT based on our experiences, rather than the actual situational needs.As SWOT analysis is made up of two internal elements (SW) and two external elements (OT) it is helpful to use a structure to give us a guide for what should be … [Read more...]

DEEPLIST Analysis – marketing acronym

DEEPLIST analysis – an alternative to the PESTLE analysis Is DEEPLIST better than PEST or PESTLE? or more of the same?DEEPLIST - Demographic, Economic, Ecologic/ Environmental, Political, Legal, Informational, Social and TechnologyIn 2000  Paul N Finlay had a book published called “Strategic management: an introduction to business and corporate strategy”. In this book Finlay used the Acronym DEEPLIST as a way of prompting readers of the key areas that needed to be explored when looking at … [Read more...]

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