Business Plan Writing: Organisation & Management
Updated: May 14, 2020
A thorough business plan introduces its readers to the team that will be responsible for day-to-day operations and helps them understand how your company is or will be structured.
It provides critical information for those looking for evidence that your staff has the necessary experience, skills, and pedigree to realize the objectives detailed in the rest of your business plan.
This section generally is separated into two parts. The first is concerned with the organization as a whole and gives readers an overview of the company structure, which is an excellent opportunity for the reader to lift the roof off your office and peer into its inner workings.
The second part focuses specifically on your management team and introduces readers to each member — your chance to impress them with the many accomplishments pinned to your organization’s management team.
This section may seem less important than some of the other parts of your business plan, but the truth is that your people are your business. If they’re highly competent and accomplished, the implication is that so is your business.
Of course, if you’re a sole proprietor with no management structure or any employees to speak of, this section is unnecessary, other than to talk about yourself and your achievements.
Describe Your Company’s Organisational Structure
This first step illustrates the positions in your organization’s employee hierarchy and how they all relate to each other.
As a guide, this is usually done graphically, using an organizational chart, or “org chart” for short, people tend to use a Microsoft tool, i.e. PowerPoint or Excel to help.
Organization Charts typically follow a top-down hierarchy, starting with your CEO/ Managing Director in the top box at the top of the page. Lines extend down from that person’s name to boxes containing the names of the CEO’s direct reports.