Linking the IFR to future trends involves utilizing and synthesizing the skills of strategic thinking, the methods of strategic planning, and the abilities of good leadership in order to encourage the acceptance of these skills in individuals throughout an organization. The need for analysts who can utilize the skills of strategic thinking and effective methods of strategic planning is becoming inherent to the survival of organizations in today’s super-competitive markets.

The development of strategic theories has resulted in a push toward development of strategic thinking and application of strategic plans at all levels of an organization instead of only in the ranks of top executives. It is often managers and not executives who are responsible for implementing an organization’s strategy by prioritizing and allocating resources for daily tasks in a manner that aligns all areas of an organization with the larger strategic vision.

The study of strategy can be a bit overwhelming, as an emphasis on conceptualization has emerged, allowing implementation and actions to become lost in the world of mental mapping and theoretical orientation. As research continues, however, more and more applicable methods and tools for managers emerge that can be utilized within organizations and assist with the development of strategic thinking skills and the process of strategic planning.