The Planning Imperative and Human Behavior

The Planning Imperative and Human Behavior

The Planning Imperative and Human Behavior

The Planning Imperative and Human Behavior

Synopsis

Defining planning as an inherent aspect of human life, Branch presents conclusions reached from 20 previous volumes dealing with different aspects and applications of planning, as well as from actual professional planning experiences. He shows how planning has been a directive force during human evolution and an intrinsic element in human reactions, actions, and activities.

Excerpt

This is the final volume in a series of books concerning planning. One group discusses urban, regional, national, environmental, business, and military planning. a second group examines several essential elements of planning analysis, and formulates a general theory and principles of comprehensive planning as a universal process. They reflect the author's experience as a researcher, university professor, city planning commissioner, corporate planner, and naval officer.

The most important conclusion from this diverse experience and extensive investigation is the universality and significance of planning. It is a process that permeates our personal lives and every activity in our society. Each individual act and collective endeavor requires planning for its initiation, realization, and continuation. the author knows of no directive procedure innate in people's actions that affects human existence and prospects as continuously and as profoundly.

Most people are unaware of the significance of planning in their lives, for the progressive development of their society, and for the future of the human species. They think about planning, if at all, only when a particular application affects them personally. They . . .

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