This standard formalizes a practice that is commonly accepted but often implemented inconsistently. It will enable efficient discovery, sharing, and analysis of the information commonly contained in the strategic plans of organizations worldwide. While other initiatives have been mounted to compile abstract and theoretical models of the strategic planning process, this is the first to enable the concept of “strategic alignment” to be realized on the Web, through literal hypertext linkages to goal and objective statements.
This standard specifies an Extensible Markup Language (XML) vocabulary and schema (XSD) for the elements that are common and considered to be part of the essential core of the strategic plans of all organizations worldwide.
This international standard will not address:
- how the information contained in strategic and performance plans and reports should be presented;
- specify font sizes or colors, page margins or numbering, or how graphics should be displayed;
- provide guidance on how to compile high-quality plans, beyond specifying the basic elements they should contain.