The Strategic Management Maturity ModelTM
The SMMM Can Be Used to Assess Organizational Strategic Management Performance.
Many Institute clients ask a similar question as they work to improve their strategic management at their organizations: where do we stand compared with other high performing organizations? Until now, there was no clear method for answering that question. This recognition of a need for organizations to assess the quality of their strategic management led the Institute to develop the Strategic Management Maturity ModelTM (SMMM).
The SMMM was designed by and for busy managers who need a quick assessment of where their organization stands in terms of strategic management, to monitor progress in improving maturity of strategic management, and to allow benchmarking across organizations, or departments within one organization, in order to identify best practices.
There are two basic questions to ask of management: are we doing things right, and are we doing the right things? Operational management focuses on doing things right, and many tools have been developed to improve this (e.g. TQM, Six Sigma, business process reengineering etc.), including many maturity models. In developing the SMMM, the Institute has broaded the concept of “performance” to add strategic management concerns, which answer the second question, are we doing the right things. In any organization, it is the strategy, driven from the vision of the leadership, that defines what are the right things. Process improvements alone cannot guarantee that a company will be successful, or that an agency will achieve its mission. These two aspects of management – strategic and operational – complement each other, so both must be assessed to determine the organization's total management capabilities.
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