ERNEST OFORI ASAMOAH IMPACT OF STRATEGIC PLANNING ON PERFORMANCE OF DISTRICT ASSEMBLIES IN GHANA: CASE STUDY OF AHANTA WEST DISTRICT ASSEMBLY, pp. 71. MAM/Sektionen för Management, 2006.
Title: Impact of strategic planning on performance of District Assemblies in Ghana: Case study of Ahanta West District Assembly
Author: Ernest Ofori Asamoah
Supervisor: Anders Hederstierna
Department: School of Management, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Course: Master’s thesis in business Administration,40 credits(60 ECT)
Background and Problem Discussion: Formulating strategies or preparing a strategic plan in itself is not enough.
There is therefore the need to measure the impact of the strategic planning and the planning process on the performance of the organization in question. This study will measure the qualitative impact of strategic planning on a well defined behaviour based variables.
Purpose: The study explores how district Assemblies in Ghana plans strategically and how such planning impacts on their performance to meet the socio economic needs of the people.
Method: Quantitative and qualitative data were collected from primary and secondary sources. The study was conducted in Ahanta West district one of the vibrant districts in Ghana. Data was collected from primary and secondary sources .49 people were interviewed through questionnaire administration.
Theory: The theory section looks at strategic planning and its related concepts such as long range planning, strategic thinking, operational planning and strategic management.
Analysis: I have analyzed the information provided to examine how strategic planning impacts on organizational performance with reference to ahanta West District Assembly in Ghana
.Conclusion: The findings indicated that strategic planning has a significant impact on performance of District Assemblies such as optimization of the strategic perspective of the organizational and enhanced teamwork. It can result in improved understanding of the organisation’s objectives and overall direction. It can facilitate implementation of organisational objectives and goals. They agreed and accepted the impacts and resolved to continuously plan to maximize these impacts.