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I have to respond to the following statements of my classmates. Please provide 100-150 words to each statement with a reference to each if applicable. Please make sure the references are less than 10 years old.


Re: Mission, vision and values statements

posted by Linda Hertelendy at Mar 05, 2015, 12:01 PM

Last updated Mar 05, 2015, 12:01 PM 


The vision, mission, and values help build the strategic plan.  The vision and mission outline the purpose and scope of a health care organization. This provides a communication tool to the customer the health care organization serves regarding what they do whether this is patient care or patient supplies. A health care organization can choose to have a narrow mission statement or a broad mission statement as there are benefits to each. Having a narrow mission statement allows the health care organization the ability to focus on a few areas which allows an opportunities to focus on a smaller amount of projects. Having a broad mission statement allows the organization they ability to expand services or changes to the way patient care is administered over time. Either method is okay as long as the health care organization aligns strategic  plans with the vision and mission.


Health care organizations should ensure the strategic planning, both short term and long term align with the vision and mission of the health care organization. If goals and objectives do not align with the mission and value, this can send a wrong type of communication to customers, especially if the vision focuses on quality of care and the strategic plan focuses on volume/finances only.



Re: Mission, vision and values statements

posted by Jasmine W. at Mar 04, 2015, 8:32 AM

Last updatedMar 04, 2015, 8:32 AM 


As stated in a series of posts last week, the mission and vision of the organization tells what the goals of the organization are. This is used as the finish line for strategic plans. The strategic plan is a pathway that is made instructs the group on what directions and types of decisions should be made to achieve the goals. Note that this pathway should be flexible enough to be able to respond to the changes in the environment.


According to Swayne, Duncan, and Ginter (2009), the mission, vision, value and strategic goals are known as directional strategies. These are used to help organizations make decisions because the goals are stated in them. The mission tells of the organization’s purpose of existence, the vision gives visual image in the minds of people as to what the heads of the organization want to accomplish, and values are what principles are held dear by the organization (Swayne, Duncan, and Ginter, 2009).


I do know that health care organizations have their mission and visions visible in the buildings either at the lobby entrance or in each unit. The majority of organizations that own a website have the vision, mission, and values posted on there for people to view. These are good reminders of what employees and employers should strive to accomplish. I learned in one of my earlier classes that the vision and mission sometimes changes for different reasons. I felt that by changing the mission and vision you change the purpose and meaning of the organization. Things should be added so that original purpose of the organization is not lost.



Re: Mission, vision and values statements

posted by CLEO WILLIAMS at Mar 03, 2015, 12:09 PM

Last updated Mar 03, 2015, 12:09 PM 


Both the mission statement and the vision statement relate to a company’s purpose and are expressed in writing.  Such statements explain what the company does and who the company serves and where the company foresees itself in the future.  Each statement also plays a role in the strategic management process.  First, the statements communicate the purpose and values of the business to the stakeholders.  For example, management is able to cultivate a culture that supports the strategic plan and implementation if employees who are stakeholders are communicated the purpose and values of the company. Second, the statements create a target for which to develop a strategy.  A plan should aim to accomplish the company’s mission and vision.  Therefore, clear actionable steps regarding what the company will do to achieve such objectives should be included in the plan.   Both statements should also foster continuous innovations and improvements therefore exploring competitive advantages.   Third, both statements provide a guide for the strategic management process by providing specific goals and objectives.   Also each statement assist leaders with making decisions that best aligns with the company’s goals and objectives.    Therefore, guiding strategy developing and ensuring that such plan stay on track of the organization’s mission, vision and values.  



Re: Board of Directors

posted by DEBORAH RHODES at Mar 04, 2015, 4:36 AM

Last updated Mar 04, 2015, 4:36 AM 


I would like to weigh in on the question “How does an active board of directors affect the implementation of strategic goals?”  Since the board is focused on what is important to the organization in terms of profit or nonprofit, the board of directors are all different, have different goals and values but wish to collaborate these as a team effort to move the organization forward.  If the team cannot agree, then the organization for all rights and purposes is pretty much stagnant.  

A good board of directors however, can take each others differences and congeal them to come to a universal conclusion about how to help the organization adhere to and respect the values and mission of the organization.  In addition, the board of directors used strategic planning to set forth the goals and values to the employees and show a unified governing body.  When employees see that the board of directors are united it helps to unite the staff, workers and volunteers, when this happens, the projection of the values and morals of the organization continue to filter to the pat serve, patient/client satisfaction is based on how they perceive the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization.



Re: Board of Directors

posted by CARLOS RAIZ ENCISO at Mar 04, 2015, 3:53 PM

Last updated Mar 04, 2015, 3:53 PM 


Most of the health care organizations have two types of governing boards, the philanthropic governing board; that is composed by a large number of members that are from outside from the organization and include different types of stakeholders as business leaders, politicians, members of social organizations, and physicians, it’s purpose is the service oriented and the fundraising to support the organization. The other governing board is the corporate that is composed by smaller number of members and it may include members from inside the organization or from outside, and the selection of its members is focused in professionals related with the health care, and their participation is considered active in the organization, and its main function is the development of the strategic planning, and the policy making. The classic strategic management thinking limits the board of directors just to write in many times, an unrealistic and hard to achieve mission, and with a vague organization vision or other times writing an appropriate strategic plan with excellent strategic goal, that it is passed to the management who makes a poor implementation, with the subsequent negative consequences or the purpose is not met or even though putting the organization in crisis. These days of global economy, and complex market environment, the board of directors needs to be changed; it is require being more active and participative in the strategic planning process, directly supervising the management activities related to the implementation of strategic goals, and make sure if those are aligned to the organization’s mission, vision and values. The active participation of the board of directors is fundamental in the supervision of the implementation of  the strategic goals to  prevent an organization crisis, always showing respect to management and ethical conduct, and not just  be focused in the possible returns also the risks involved should be included in the formulation of the strategic goals.



Re: Board of Directors

posted by JANELL ALSTON at Mar 04, 2015, 8:17 PM

Last updated Mar 04, 2015, 8:17 PM 


The board’s involvement in strategic planning can benefit the business whether it is a nonprofit or a for-profit organization.  The board of directors is formed with several individuals who serve the common purpose of helping the organization achieve its goal.  Because each board of director has a different background and differing opinions, each member of the board brings a different perspective to the strategic planning process.  These differences help the board to collectively approach the planning process from different standpoints that can help to cover all of the bases of planning for the business from a financial, marketing, shareholder, operational and employee perspective.



Re: Value chain analysis

posted by TENISHA RIVERS-HILL at Mar 03, 2015, 4:14 AM

Last updated Mar 03, 2015, 4:14 AM 


Value chain analysis places focus on system inputs and outputs.  The analysis is a chain of activities that are divided into support and primary activities.  Primary activities help strategic planning because it focuses on operations, service, marketing, and sales (“Decision Support Tools”, 2015).  Support activities help the strategic planning process because it focuses on purchasing, human resources, infrastructure, and technological developments (“Decision Support Tools”, 2015).  


Value chain analysis are beneficial in the strategic planning process because it identifies connections and links.  Health care organizations may discover there are direct links between appointment turn around/wait times and poor consumer satisfaction.  During the strategic planning process, health care organizations can review the links and sub activities to identify enhancements and changes to maximize services/value the organization offers to consumers.


I’m not sure if the director at my organization uses the value chain analysis, but this analysis would be beneficial at my organization.  We are currently conducting analysis to determine why breastfeeding rates are low in my community.  96% of mother’s are breastfeeding their babies after delivery while in the hospital, but by the time the mother and new baby come to their first WIC appointment, the percentage of breastfeeding mothers drop down to 60%.  Value chain analysis will help my organization determine which activities or lack thereof are contributing to low breastfeeding rates at the time of the first appointment.



Re: Value chain analysis

posted by ALESHA FLOYD at Mar 04, 2015, 10:04 AM

Last updated Mar 04, 2015, 10:04 AM 



“Value chain analysis is a systematic method to study key competences and activities of the organization that determine competitive advantage” (Popescu, & Dascalu, 2011, p. 121). If a facility is able to see what its strengths and weaknesses are, then they will know the areas in which need to be worked on. This can lead to goals of a facility to work towards and create objectives to achieve the goal. Not only can a value chain analysis show what needs to be worked on it can also show significant strengths a facility has which will lead to better marketing of them. “To know these aspects is essential in a competitive environment: to be a source of competitive advantage, the company must perform an activity better than competitors or to perform an activity that creates value which competitors cannot perform”(Popescu, & Dascalu, 2011, p. 121). A strategic plan is designed to achieve a goal and so if a value chain analysis shows that the facility has a significant strength in having specialized surgeons that are rare yet a serious disadvantage in location, the strategic plan may involve goals to relocate or improve the location while advertising the strength to build funds. “A critical component of strategic momentum is continuous evaluation of the organization ‘ s strengths and weaknesses relative to the environment” (Swayne, Duncan, & Ginter, 2009, p.132). A value chain analysis should be used as an identifier tool and may need done as often as any changes take place.

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