7S model

7S model
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7S model for strategic planning and analysis was created by the McKinsey & Company. This model was proposed by Peters and Waterman in 1984, and takes into account following intangible characteristics of the organization:

  • Shared values - the rules of conduct and philosophy widely known in the organization, which all employees are driven by,
  • Strategy - followed by the organization,
  • Structure - the formal relationship between the parts that make up the organization. It relates to the relations between business levels, branches and departments,
  • Systems - that carry out specific activities, processes, or are used to solve problems in a company,
  • Staffing - which means the recruitment of new employees, requirements planning and competences of already employed workers,
  • Skills - capabilities of the organization and the skill level presented by members of the organization,
  • Style - the treatment of members of the organization in mutual contacts and above all management style.

7S model is not a recipe for building a perfect strategy, but it is a stimulus to rethink the internal activities of the company that affect its future development.