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Strategy Maps

Plan and Communicate Corporate Strategy from Different Perspectives

The Strategy Map extends the Balanced Scorecard approach in order to clarify corporate strategy, using four perspectives and their 'Cause & Effect' relationship. The four perspectives are:

  • Financial
  • Customer
  • Internal Business Process
  • Learning and Growth

Strategy Maps are typically used for planning and communicating the overall strategy of a given organization, in order to create sustained value for customers and shareholders in the form of a 'Cause & Effect' chain. Strategy Maps provide a greater emphasis on measuring and managing the value created by enhancing an organization's intangible assets. Balanced Scorecards and Strategy Maps were both developed by Kaplan and Norton in 1996 (Strategy and Leadership, Kaplan and Norton 2004).

Intangible assets are items of value that can not necessarily be seen or touched. Examples of intangible assets include your brand, intellectual property, reputation, good will, patents, creativity and staff morale. A large percentage of an organization's shareholder and customer value is associated with intangible assets, yet traditional financial management systems fail to track, measure or evaluate them. As a result it is important that tools such as a Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Map are used to develop a more balanced approach to Strategic Planning. The ability to see 'Cause & Effect' relationships helps an organization understand the chain of events that sees intangible assets transformed into real value.

Strategy Map Patterns

Enterprise Architect provides three basic Patterns that can be used to create a Strategy Map. The first Pattern is very basic and provides the greatest flexibility with respect to the layout of your Strategy Map. The Toolbox provides a number of tools such as a Mission and an Intangible Asset. The second and third Patterns provide a more comprehensive overview, with far more internal processing and Intangible Assets.

Strategic objectives are represented as an oval.

  1. Create a new Package called 'Strategy Map'
  2. Create a new Strategy Map diagram called 'Our Strategy'
  3. Select the Pattern entitled 'Strategy Map 2' and place it onto the Diagram View
  4. This diagram will display all four perspectives and include a detailed breakdown of each
  5. Examine the two additional Patterns in order to see the layout of each alternative Strategy Map example

Example Strategy Map (Style 1)

Strategy Map diagram (Four Perspectives) in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect

Example Strategy Map (Style 2)

Business Strategy Map diagram (Style 2) in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect

Example Strategy Map (Style 3)

Business Strategy Map diagram (Style 3) in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect