This article presents the Quantitative Strategic Planning Matrix (QSPM), an analytical tool used in formulating strategies. First introduced in a Long Range Planning (3), the QSPM has become widely used among strategic management professors and students for two decades. However, the QSPM has not been widely adopted by strategic planning consultants and organizations. This paper discusses how and why the QSPM should be used by businesses for strategic planning. An example QSPM for a retail computer store is provided and the benefits and limitations of this important strategic planning analytical tool are addressed. Specific guidelines are provided for preparing a QSPM.



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