Environment Threat And Opportunity Profile (ETOP)
Meaning of Environmental Scanning: Environmental scanning can be defined as the process by which organizations monitor their relevant environment to identify opportunities and threats affecting their business for the purpose of taking strategic decisions.
Appraising the Environment: In order to draw a clear picture of what opportunities and threats are faced by the organization at a given time. It is necessary to appraise the environment. This is done by being aware of the factors that affect environmental appraisal identifying the environmental factors and structuring the results of this environmental appraisal.
Structuring Environmental Appraisal: The identification of environmental issues is helpful in structuring the environmental appraisal so that the strategists have a good idea of where the environmental opportunities and threats lie. There are many techniques to structure the environmental appraisal. One such technique suggested by Gluek is that preparing an ETOP for an organization. The preparation of an ETOP involves dividing the environment into different sectors and then analyzing the impact of each sector on the organization.
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