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7-S Model

A Managerial Tool for Analyzing and Improving Organizations

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  1. Strategy the route that the organization has chosen for its future growth; a plan an organization formulates to gain a sustainable competitive advantage Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

  2. Structure the framework in which the activities of the organization's members are coordinated. The four basic structural forms are the functional form, divisional structure, matrix structure, and network structure.

  3. Systems the formal and informal procedures, including innovation systems, compensation systems, management information systems, and capital allocation systems, that govern everyday activity... More

  4. Style the leadership approach of top management and the organization's overall operating approach; also the way in which the organization's employees present themselves to the outside world, to suppliers and customers Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book.

  5. Skills what the company does best; the distinctive capabilities and competencies that reside in the organization.

  6. Staff the organization's human resources; refers to how people are developed, trained, socialized, integrated, motivated, and how their carriers are managed.  >>>

  7. Shared values originally called superordinate goals; the guiding principles and concepts of the organization values and aspirations, often unwritten that go beyond the conventional statements of corporate objectives; the fundamental ideas around which a business is built; the things that influence a group to work together for a common aim.

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What is 7-S Model?

The Seven-Ss is a framework for analyzing organizations and their effectiveness. It looks at the seven key elements that make the organizations successful, or not: strategy; structure; systems; style; skills; staff; and shared values.

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Consultants at McKinsey & Company developed the 7S model in the late 1970s to help managers address the difficulties of organizational change. The model shows that organizational immune systems and the many interconnected variables involved make change complex, and that an effective change effort must address many of these issues simultaneously.

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The 7-S model is a tool for managerial analysis and action that provides a structure with which to consider a company as a whole, so that the organization's problems may be diagnosed and a strategy may be developed and implemented.



The 7-S diagram illustrates the multiplicity interconnectedness of elements that define an organization's ability to change. The theory helped to change manager's thinking about how companies could be improved. It says that it is not just a matter of devising a new strategy and following it through. Nor is it a matter of setting up new systems and letting them generate improvements.

To be effective, your organization must have a high degree of fit, or internal alignment among all the seven Ss. Each S must be consistent with and reinforce the other Ss. All Ss are interrelated, so a change in one has a ripple effect on all the others. It is impossible to make progress on one without making progress on all. Thus, to improve your organization, you have to master systems thinking and pay attention to all of the seven elements at the same time. There is no starting point or implied hierarchy different factors may drive the business in any one organization.

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Shared Values

Shared values are commonly held beliefs, mindsets, and assumptions that shape how an organization behaves its corporate culture. Shared values are what engender trust. They are an interconnecting center of the 7Ss model. Values are the identity by which a company is known throughout its business areas, what the organization stands for and what it believes in, it central beliefs and attitudes. These values must be explicitly stated as both corporate objectives and individual values.

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Structure is the organizational chart and associated information that shows who reports to whom and how tasks are both divided up and integrated. In other words, structures describe the hierarchy of authority and accountability in an organization, the way the organization's units relate to each other: centralized, functional divisions (top-down); decentralized (the trend in larger organizations); matrix, network, holding, etc. These relationships are frequently diagrammed in organizational charts. Most organizations use some mix of structures pyramidal, matrix or networked ones to accomplish their goals.


Strategy Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book are plans an organization formulates to reach identified goals, and a set of decisions and actions aimed at gaining a sustainable advantage over the competition... More


Systems define the flow of  activities involved in the daily operation of business, including its core processes and its support systems. They refer to the procedures, processes and routines that are used to manage the organization and characterize how important work is to be done... More


"Style" refers to the cultural Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book style of the organization, how key managers behave in achieving the organization's goals, how managers collectively spend their time and attention, and how they use symbolic behavior. How management acts is more important that what management says.


"Staff" refers to the number and types of personnel within the organization and how companies develop employees and shape basic values.

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"Skills" refer to the dominant distinctive capabilities and competencies of the personnel or of the organization as a whole.