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Strategic planning practice in transition economies: Empirical evidence from the Macedonian context


  • Stojan Debarliev

    () (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia)

  • Marija Trpkova

    () (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia.)


The aim of this study is to examine a wider list of factors (business structure, management structure and environmental factors), whose impact on the strategic planning in the private sector has been investigated. A total of 212 questionnaires were collected from different size, age, industry type and ownership enterprises working in the private sector in Republic of Macedonia. In order to analyze the variables that are determinants of the strategic planning, multiple linear regression was used. The business size, business control, intention to change the operations and business flexibility are very important factors in the enterprises that have a significant correlation with the strategic planning incidence. The importance of this study lays in its contribution to all past studies and research referring to this subject in transition and emerging countries, with emphasis on the case of the Republic of Macedonia as a transition economy, as well as in the examination of a wider list of factors whose impact on the strategic planning was examined.

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  • Stojan Debarliev & Marija Trpkova, 2011. "Strategic planning practice in transition economies: Empirical evidence from the Macedonian context," Business and Economic Horizons (BEH), Prague Development Center, vol. 4(1), pages 27-39, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:pdc:jrnbeh:v:4:y:2011:i:1:p:27-39

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    1. Greenley, Gordon E., 1994. "Strategic planning and company performance: An appraisal of the empirical evidence," Scandinavian Journal of Management, Elsevier, vol. 10(4), pages 383-396, December.
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    Strategic planning; enterprises; transition economies; Macedonia.;

    JEL classification:

    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions


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