In your previous assignments, you examined how today’s health care organizations prepare themselves for the present and the future through strategic management. Specifically, you analyzed how a health care organization’s external and internal environments

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This assignment provides an opportunity for you to create a
directional strategies report. In this report, you will analyze the
alignment of your health care organization’s current directional
strategies (mission, vision, and value statements) with its strategic
goals. You will make recommendations for improvement if you identify
gaps between where your health care organization currently is and where
it wants to go.

By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate
your proficiency in the following course competencies and assignment
criteria:

  • Competency 1: Analyze organizational structure, design, culture, and climate in relation to environmental forces.
    • Analyze the effectiveness of a health care organization’s directional strategies.
    • Identify gaps between effective directional strategies and an organization’s existing directional strategies.
  • Competency 3: Recommend an organizational structure and design to optimize a strategic plan.
    • Analyze the alignment between an organization’s directional strategies and its strategic goals.
    • Propose changes to an organization’s directional strategies
      that improve alignment between its organizational structure and its
      strategic goals.
  • Competency 4: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly,
    professional, and consistent with expectations for professionals in
    health care administration.

    • Write a clear, concise, well-organized, and professional
      directional strategies report that includes conclusions that are
      supported by relevant evidence.
    • Follow APA formatting and style guidelines for citations and references.

Scenario

Your boss is pleased with the thorough and impressive work you have
done to date. However, she notes that the TOWS matrix findings do not
align with the organization’s directional strategies. The organization’s
structure needs to more closely align with its strategic goals, so that
the organization can be more efficient, competitive, and profitable.
She asks for your help once again.

Her next task for you is to examine the organization’s current
mission, vision, and value statements and compare them to the TOWS
matrix. She requests that you recommend revisions to the organization’s
mission, vision, and value statements so that they more closely align
with the organization’s strategic priorities.

Knowing your boss, you understand that she wants your directional
strategies report to be insightful, substantive, and brief—all at the
same time. You also know that your boss is a visual person. It will
serve you well to include appropriate images and diagrams, such as your
TOWS matrix, in your report to highlight key information.

Instructions

Write a directional strategies report that examines the alignment
of a health care organization’s current directional strategies with its
strategic goals.

Report Requirements

The requirements, outlined below, correspond to the grading
criteria in the Directional Strategies Report Scoring Guide, so be sure
to address each point. Read the performance-level descriptions for each
criterion to see how your work will be assessed.

  • Analyze the effectiveness of the organization’s directional strategies.
    • Use the Mission, Vision, and Values Analysis Questions
      document, linked in the resources, to determine how effectively the
      existing directional strategies currently fulfill the requirements of
      effective directional strategies.
  • Identify gaps between effective directional strategies and the organization’s existing directional strategies.
  • Analyze the alignment between the organization’s directional strategies and its strategic goals.
    • Examine the strategic fit.
      • How well does the directional strategy fit the environment?
      • How appropriate is the organization’s direction, given the environmental analysis you completed in Unit 3?
      • Which strategic goals make the most sense at this time?
        Growth? Maintaining the status quo? Or does contraction make the most
        sense right now?
  • Propose changes to the organization’s directional strategies that
    improve alignment between the organization’s structure and its
    strategic goals.

    • Recommend changes you think the organization needs to make to
      establish a foundation necessary for the organization’s current
      structure and strategies.
    • Be sure to support your recommendations with references to current, scholarly, and authoritative sources.
  • Write a clear, concise, well-organized, and professional
    directional strategies report that includes conclusions that are
    supported by relevant evidence.
  • Follow APA formatting and style guidelines for citations and references.
Document Format and Length

Prepare your report using a familiar and appropriate document
format used by health care organizations, such as business report or
white paper.

Your report should be 4–6 pages in length (double-spaced).

Supporting Evidence

Health care is an evidence-based field. Consequently, readers of
your report will want to know the sources of your information, so be
sure to include applicable, APA-formatted source citations and
references.

Submission Requirements

Proofread your document, before you submit it, to minimize errors
that could distract readers and make it more difficult for them to focus
on the substance of your report.

Portfolio Prompt: You may choose to save your directional strategies report to your ePortfolio.

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