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7S Model

Summary of the 7S Framework of McKinsey. Abstract


The 7S framework of McKinsey is a Value Based Management (VBM) model that describes how one can holistically and effectively organize a company. Together these factors determine the way in which a corporation operates.

7S Framework

Shared Value

The interconnecting center of McKinsey's model is: Shared Values. What does the organization stands for and what it believes in. Central beliefs and attitudes.

Plans for the allocation of a firms scarce resources, over time, to reach identified goals. Environment, competition, customers.

The way the organization's units relate to each other: centralized, functional divisions (top-down); decentralized (the trend in larger organizations); matrix, network, holding, etc.


The procedures, processes and routines that characterize how important work is to be done: financial systems; hiring, promotion and performance appraisal systems; information systems.

Numbers and types of personnel within the organization.

Cultural style of the organization and how key managers behave in achieving the organizationís goals. Management Styles.

Distinctive capabilities of personnel or of the organization as a whole. Core Competences.

Book: Ethan M. Rasiel, Paul N. Friga - The McKinsey Mind: Understanding and Implementing the Problem-Solving Tools and Management Techniques

👀TIP: On this website you can find much more about applying McKinsey's 7-S Framework !

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