Decision-Making without a Plan

7 Mar

Can decisions be made without a plan? Of course they can! But, clearly, decision-making without sufficient planning won’t be too successful. That’s not to say that it is uncommon; it certainly isn’t, but the process of decision-making will be greatly improved if problem-analysis and planning occur first. Strategic Information Systems (SIS) can be used to help with this first stage of decision-making.

SIS is defined by the it.toolbox.com as: “a system that helps companies change or otherwise alter their business strategy and/or structure”. As such, SIS are far more influential than other Information Systems which are used to aid decision-making. They encompass everything about an organisation. By engaging in the use of SIS, managers of a firm can ensure that they are focusing on achieving their goals and that these are the right goals to be aiming for. A firm’s strategy plays a vital role in that firm’s success; without an efficient and achievable strategy, both managers and employees alike will be unsure of what their goals are and will drift aimlessly in the organisation.

It is suggested that problem-analysis is the key to more effective decision-making. Information is first gathered, and can then be used to effectively make a decision to combat whatever problems are identified. To give a simple example of a decision without a plan, just think of impulse buying. Admittedly, this can sometimes be successful; you may buy something useful which you never even knew existed. However, in the vast majority of occurrences  people end up regretting such purchases. They end up realizing that they have wasted their money on something which they do not really need or want, money which could have been spent on something of far greater benefit to them. That is the most basic, though everyday, example of why planning is vital.

This video displays how SIS ensure that an organisation remains focused – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoMDkmoA4T0. There are evidently an abundance of reasons regarding why planning should always come first. The benefits of planning are outlined at “http://www.virtualsalt.com/crebook6.htm”, but the short summary of this is that:

“Decision makers will find four major benefits to planning:

1. Planning allows the establishment of independent goals.

2. Planning provides a standard of measurement.

3. Planning converts values to action.

4. Planning allows limited resources to be committed in an orderly way.”

From the various sources mentioned, it is undeniably discernible that, although decision-making can and does take place without planning, it definitely should not. But, through the use of SIS, this planning need not be a time-consuming and tedious task. Once again, the beneficial use of IS for decision-making is clear

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