Title: Factors and dynamics of linkages between strategic visions and their outcomes in the public sector at the Ulundi and Nongoma local municipalities, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Authors: Thembinkosi Nkosinath Zulu; Sibonakaliso S. Nhlabathi

Addresses: Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa ' Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa

Abstract: This study investigated factors and dynamics of linkages between strategic visions and their outcomes using the economic development strategic visions of the Ulundi and Nongoma local municipalities, on the basis that public organisations plan for their future by developing strategic visions, which guide their actions. However, though organisations plan, frequently they fall short in realising the outcomes set out in their strategic plans. The study adopted a qualitative research approach. The findings of the study revealed that the shortage of resources and lack of collaboration between stakeholders constrains the realisation of the set strategic outcomes. The results showed a converse relationship between factors enabling the attainment of strategic outcomes and factors constraining the attainments of strategic outcomes. Therefore, the study recommended collective effort between stakeholders to carry out the set strategic goals and effective resource mobilisation to ensure that organisations have adequate resources to execute the set strategic visions.

Keywords: local economic development; LED; strategy; strategic planning; strategic visions; strategic management; public sector; outcomes.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPSPM.2022.126402

International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management, 2022 Vol.10 No.4, pp.467 - 485

Received: 23 Nov 2019
Accepted: 23 Nov 2019

Published online: 26 Oct 2022 *

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