Answered By: Research support team
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2018     Views: 18

An important part of researching is formulating your search strategy and revising it as you go. A search for academic material can take several tries to obtain a complete picture or enough sources to satisfy your needs. From your description you have the following concepts:   

strategic planning

operational planning


Can you think of other terms for these concepts?  For business you could also use terms like firms, company, corporations.  If you are thinking of a small business , then try the term "small business" or "small enterprise".

Here's a possible search strategy

(business OR firm OR company OR corporation) ('strategic planning" OR "operational planning") "best practices"

[I added this phrase "best practices" to the search to focus on more general articles, but you can try with or without].

Try this search in Discovery  and our main search tool found on the Royal Roads Library homepage at and Google Scholar .

Once on the results page of Discovery or Google Scholar, refine the results with the options available to you in the left sidebar. Click off peer-reviewed and you may want to adjust the date of publication.

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