Strategic vs Tactical vs Operational vs Contingency Plans

ROJoson's Writings on Hospital Administration

Strategic vs Tactical vs Operational vs Contingency Plans

Reynaldo O. Joson, MD

December 4, 2014

Organizational management and control involves strategy, tactics, and operational plans and oversight to monitor and improve organizational processes.  It also involves having contingency plans.

What are strategic, tactical, operational and contingency plans?

contingency plan is a plan drawn up for possible unforeseen events or circumstances.  It is a course of action to be followed if a preferred plan fails or an existing situation changes.

Strategic, tactical and operational plans are directed courses of action intended to achieve a certain set of goals and objectives.  They are formulated based on usual assumptions and expected outcomes.  These are the similarities of the three kinds of plans.

For the differences among the three plans –

In terms of level of planning, strategic plans are highest, operational plans lowest, tactical plans in between.

In terms of scope, strategic…

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