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Organization: Vision and Mission

Why is it important to know the organization's vision and mission statements before developing a project/plan?

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1. Why is it important to know the organization's vision and mission statements before developing a project/plan?

Mainly, because without knowing the organizations mission and vision statements, it is impossible to develop a plan, as all projects/plans are aimed at meeting the mission of the organization. In other words, every plan or project needs to reflect the organizations mission statement and vision. The project/plan meets the overall mssion and vision of the organization, which are written in the mssion adn vision statement.

In fact, Herrington (1992) goes so far to say that the mission of an organization is like its "law." Violating the mission statement (i.e., developing projects or plans not reflecting the mission of the organization) is the same as violating the law. Herrington (1992) advocates that missions should be so clearly refined that they can be applied to every operation within an organization. Each section of an organization should have its own mission, or its own section of the mission statement. For example, for nonprofit organization, Herrington says that missions (i.e., also referred to as projects or plans) are broken down into five major characteristics: Social Contract, Permanence, Clarity, Approval, and Proof. These all represent important components within the organization and if they change the mission statement will have to be changed. The mission of an organization is like its "law." Violating the mission statement is the same as violating the law. (Bryce, Herrington. Financial and Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organization, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall Inc., 1992.). Jacobs discusses the importance of a mission statement and refers to the mission statement as the purpose of the organization. (Jacobs, Jerald A. "Legal: The statement of purpose." Association Management 50, No10. American Society of Association Executives, 1998).

The mission statement and vision inform the organizational plans and projects, if there is not mission statement or vision, there will be no plans. Every organization begins from a mission and vision of what they want t accomplish. However, Drohan (1999) reminds those organizations who are creating mission statements that the statements are working documents and not to be stashed away. The author distinguishes between a mission ...

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Through discussion and examples, this solution explains why it is important to know the organization's vision and mission statements before developing a project/plan.

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