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The McKinsey 7-S Framework

A holistic approach to harmonizing all parts of the organization



The McKinsey 7-S Framework, developed by Tom Peters and Robert Waterman of McKinsey & Company, is a widely used business model that helps evaluate organizational alignment and effectiveness. The framework identifies seven interrelated elements - Shared Vision, Strategy, Structure, Systems, Style, Staff, and Skills - that need to be aligned and mutually reinforcing for success.

Using this holistic framework can provide deep insights into an organization, leading to increased efficiency and profitability. It can also be applied to teams or projects. This presentation offers an in-depth understanding of the 7-S framework, its interrelated elements, and how to use it for organizational analysis and design.

The presentation includes the 7-S vectors of contention, a useful tool for analyzing an organization's alignment and identifying areas of conflict or tension. By understanding and addressing these tensions, leaders can create a more effective organizational design aligned with the organization's goals and values. Real-world examples of the framework's application, such as Apple, General Electric (GE), Starbucks, and Nike, are explored.

The 7-S framework offers numerous benefits to organizations seeking to improve their effectiveness and alignment. By using this framework, organizations can:

  • Identify gaps between current and desired states

  • Analyze how changes in one component may impact other components

  • Identify opportunities for improvement

  • Align the seven components to achieve strategic objectives

  • Develop action plans to achieve strategic objectives

Note: The training package includes:

1. The McKinsey 7-S Framework training presentation (PowerPoint format)

2. The McKinsey 7-S Framework templates (PowerPoint format)

3. The McKinsey 7-S Framework poster (PDF format, in color and monochrome, printable in A3/A4 size paper)

Learning Objectives


  1. Understand the McKinsey 7-S framework and its interrelated elements.

  2. Learn how to apply the 7-S framework to evaluate organizational effectiveness and alignment.

  3. Understand the best practices for implementing the 7-S framework in an organization.




1. 7-S Framework and Elements​

  • What is the 7-S Framework?

  • Basis of the 7-S framework

  • How do we Use the Framework?

  • 7-S as an Organizational Gap Analysis Tool

  • Benefits of the 7-S Framework

  • The 7-S Framework can be Applied to a Variety of Situations

  • Limitations of the 7-S Framework

  • Description of the 7-S Elements

  • 7-S Hard and Soft Elements

  • Key Point of the 7-S Framework

  • Changes in One Element Affects the Others

  • The 7-S Vectors of Contention

  • Using the 7-S Vectors of Contention

2. 7-S Checklist Questions​

  • Strategy: Key Questions

  • Structure: Key Questions

  • Systems: Key Questions

  • Shared Values: Key Questions

  • Style: Key Questions

  • Skills: Key Questions

  • Staff: Key Questions

3. Using the 7-S Framework​

  • Using the 7-S Framework for Organizational Analysis

  • Identifying Gaps Between Current and Desired States

  • Analyzing How Changes in One Element May Impact Other Elements

  • Identifying Opportunities for Improvement


4. Examples of 7-S Applications

  • Example 1: Apple

  • Example 2: General Electric (GE)

  • Example 3: Starbucks

  • Example 4: Nike


5. Critical Success Factors


  • Appendix 1: Explanatory Notes on the Vectors of Contention

  • Appendix 2: 7-S Templates

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