Want FREE Templates on Digital Transformation? Download our FREE compilation of 50+ slides. This is an exclusive promotion being run on LinkedIn.

We have categorized 7 documents as NGO. All documents are displayed on this page.

As Warren Buffet once quipped, "Price is what you pay, value is what you get," the effectiveness of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) is largely determined by how these institutions provide value—particularly in their ability to spearhead Strategic Management in dealing with today's complex challenges.




Trusted by over 10,000+ Client Organizations
Since 2012, we have provided best practices to over 10,000 businesses and organizations of all sizes, from startups and small businesses to the Fortune 100, in over 130 countries.
AT&T GE Cisco Intel IBM Coke Dell Toyota HP Nike Samsung Microsoft Astrazeneca JP Morgan KPMG Walgreens Walmart 3M Kaiser Oracle SAP Google E&Y Volvo Bosch Merck Fedex Shell Amgen Eli Lilly Roche AIG Abbott Amazon PwC T-Mobile Broadcom Bayer Pearson Titleist ConEd Pfizer NTT Data Schwab




Flevy Management Insights: NGO


As Warren Buffet once quipped, "Price is what you pay, value is what you get," the effectiveness of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) is largely determined by how these institutions provide value—particularly in their ability to spearhead Strategic Management in dealing with today's complex challenges.

Strategic Management and NGOs: A Symbiotic Relationship

NGOs play crucial roles in society—from environmental conservation and health advocacy to education and community development. Regardless of their mission, to be successful, NGOs must apply Strategic Management principles to their operations. As noted in a 2018 study by McKinsey, NGOs that implemented Strategic Planning experienced 30% more efficiency in their operations compared to those that did not.

The Art of Strategy Development in NGOs

For NGOs, the first step in Strategic Management begins with a thorough Strategy Development process. The Boston Consulting Group suggests that NGOs should center their strategies around improving organizational effectiveness, mission alignment, sustainability, and demonstrating impact. A thoughtful strategy forms the backbone of operations, guiding funding decisions, mission delivery, and overall management.

  1. Organizational Effectiveness: NGOs need to optimize operational workflows for maximum productivity and efficiency.
  2. Mission Alignment: All strategic initiatives must be aligned to the mission, ensuring that actions undertaken serve the larger purpose.
  3. Sustainability: NGOs need a strategy that ensures longevity, incorporating sustainable practices and financial viability.
  4. Demonstrating Impact: NGOs must be able to demonstrate their impact on their mission and community. This not only builds credibility, but may also be crucial for attracting funds and partnerships.

Performance Management for Measurable Success

An integral part of Strategic Management in NGOs is Performance Management. According to Deloitte, some 70% of NGOs worldwide lacked a systematic approach to measuring performance in 2019. Performance metrics give NGOs the power to quantitatively evaluate their initiatives and make data-driven decisions. Key performance indicators (KPIs) should be linked directly to strategic objectives, providing measurable and actionable insights into the organization’s progress towards its mission.

Addressing Change Management in NGOs

Just like their private sector counterparts, NGOs face change—sometimes driven internally by new strategies or externally by shifts in the global landscape. In such scenarios, a robust Change Management plan is vital. This process, as outlined by Accenture, involves understanding why the change is necessary, communicating it properly and ensuring the organization's culture adapts to it. Handling change properly preserves operational continuity and keeps the organization resilient in times of transition.

The Role of Leadership and Culture

A vital but often overlooked aspect of Strategic Management in NGOs is the role of Leadership and Organizational Culture. As per Bain & Company, effective leaders inspire their teams, foster collaboration, and lead with a clear and compelling vision—all fundamental to successfully executing strategic plans. Moreover, a positive and inclusive organizational culture promotes accountability and operational excellence.

Looking Towards the Future

As NGOs continue to evolve and take on increasingly complex challenges, effective Strategic Management becomes even more important. In the spirit of continuous learning, NGOs must embrace Innovation and Digital Transformation. These elements are not just about improving operational efficiency but also about finding novel ways to create value and advance the mission.

Indeed, the principles of Strategic Management lay the foundation for NGOs' performance optimization. They drive efficiency, promote positive change, and ensure organizational continuity—leading NGOs to their greater vision of creating sustainable and meaningful impact in society.

For effective implementation, take a look at these NGO best practices:


Explore related management topics: Digital Transformation Operational Excellence Change Management Strategic Planning Performance Management Strategy Development Organizational Effectiveness Organizational Culture Key Performance Indicators Non-governmental Organization Nonprofit Integrated Financial Model Business Ethics Corporate Social Responsibility Financial Management




Additional Flevy Management Insights

Download our FREE Strategy & Transformation Framework Templates

Download our free compilation of 50+ Strategy & Transformation slides and templates. Frameworks include McKinsey 7-S Strategy Model, Balanced Scorecard, Disruptive Innovation, BCG Experience Curve, and many more.