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You know that management control systems should be aligned with strategy – which in turn should be aligned with the organization’s mission and vision. Of course, defining management control systems becomes particularly problematic whenever strategy, mission and vision are unclear or vague – and this actually happens quite often in the real world.

Talking about vague missions… you may enjoy experimenting with this site, which randomly generates missions statements, based on commonly used, catch-all expressions in the managerial world. According to its creator, this was created to replace a similar generator in the Dilbert website (an invaluable source of managerial lessons), but which has disappeared.

Not that you should use it for “serious” purposes, of course. But it will be fun – and you may well find out similarities with actual mission statements – a similarity which would be both a comedy and a tragedy.