Strategy formulation and strategy implementation are interdependent processes designed to guide and ensure that a company or organization achieves its objectives. Both are part of an overall business management and corporate strategy scheme.
In the strategy formulation stage, plans and decisions are made regarding the organization's strategic goals and how to achieve them. The necessary forces, such as materials, labor and other resources that the plan requires, are assembled. The emphasis is on the effectiveness of the planned activities.
The implementation stage highlights efficiency and puts the plans into operation. As the plans become reality, the focus shifts to managing the processes. The strategic formulation plans are used as a guide to keep the implementation process on track and ensure that the overall goals remain in sight.