McKinsey 7-S Framework LO28612

From: Glebe Stcherbina (
Date: 05/26/02

Replying to LO28605 --

Dear Shadrack Lepuru & fellow Orglearners,

Thank you for your query. Having taught Strategic Management subjects to a
diverse array of University students (ranging from Agriculture majors to
Commerce majors), McKinsey's model whilst universally accepted by the
various cohorts as a means of developing strategic plans, it was required
to be modified to suit the particular management discipline being taught.
Thus organizational planning starts from the beginning, where ever that
may be for a particular organization.

Hence in relation to your question concerning further research for your
Doctoral program, may I suggest that firstly you identify what you want to
research in terms of McKinsey's model and then decide upon your approach.
As a starting point it may be worth your time to conduct a literature
review on your topic to find the gaps in the literature. Once these gaps
have been identified, may I then suggest that you move away from your
"generic mindset" approach and starting asking yourself: "What is it about
the McKinsey model, I want to research and how will I get there?" Once you
determine your path, then you will know which case studies and research
material is relevant for your needs. Having gone down this path myself,
over the past 6 years, it is best to establish your guiding posts early in
your research activity to help you along your journey.

Best wishes on you research.

Kind regards,
Glebe Stcherbina
Sydney, Australia.

Shadrack Lepuru wrote:

> The McKinsey's 7-S framework has been praised and applied widely mostly
> about its effectiveness in strategy alignment. However, some critics state
> that it is inwardly focussed. I believe it is not and that organizational
> planning start from within the company and implementation is external. The
> 7-Ss if viewed holistically and with deeper understanding meet the
> requirements of internal and external alignment. Having said this, I would
> like to know what are areas of further research on the McKinsey's 7-S
> framwork, mostly if one want to do a doctoral research. The topic is aimed
> at being generically focussed, of course, one can also explore the case
> approach as a doctoral research problem. Can anyone help me on the areas
> of further research on organizational strategy formulation,
> implementation, evaluation, etc using the McKinsey's 7-S framework.
> Relevant case studiesand reading material will also be appreciated.


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