Who is it for?
This is a one day seminar aimed at Directors, Deputy Directors and Senior Officers from higher education Estates, Finance and Planning departments. Most attendees will be members of senior management, some will sit on their university’s most senior executive board, all will be experienced practitioners when it comes to strategy work.
This is an excellent opportunity to network and discuss alongside senior colleagues from different departments to examine strategy development and implementation together to support a more joined-up approach. These events were initiated by HESPA for Directors of Strategic Planning, yet it was felt that to maximise benefit to the sector they could be shared with colleagues from Estates and Finance departments.
“Several studies claim that strategies ‘fail’ at a rate of 70 to 90%, but why is this? There are two main reasons. Firstly, they are wrongly formulated due to a lack of realism, and reliance on rosy predictions and best-case scenarios. Secondly, strategies can fail due to poor execution, which is not a fault of the strategy itself, but a weakness in how it has been put into practice.
“This workshop looks at how to formulate better strategies, and, in particular, how to implement them in complex organisations, such as HEIs. To do so, we will first focus on strategy formulation and discuss how to set priorities and direction. Second, we will develop and review strategy maps to clearly articulate and communicate strategy. Thirdly, we will discuss how strategic objectives could be achieved, considering both technical and behavioural perspectives. We will conclude by examining performance measurement and management systems – e.g., balanced scorecards and dashboards - as key means to put strategy into practice.”
Dr Pietro Micheli