- Strategic control models are less precise. This is in contrast to operational control models, which are generally very precise in the narrow domain they apply.
- Strategic control models are less formal. The models that govern the considerations in a strategic control problem are much more intuitive, therefore, less formal.
- The principal variables in a strategic control model are structural. In strategic control, the whole structure of the problem, as represented by the model, is likely to vary, not just the values of the parameters.
- The key need in analysis for strategic control is model flexibility. This is in contrast to operating control, for which efficient quantitative computation is usually most desirable.
- The key activity in management control analysis is alternative generation. This is different from the operational control problem, in which in many cases all control alternatives have been specified in advance. The key analysis step in operations is to discover exactly what happened.
- The key skill required for management control analysis is creativity. In operational control, by contrast, the formal review of outcomes to discover causes means that they skill required is the ability to do technical, even statistical, analysis of the data received.
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