When preparing for the future, companies engage in strategic planning. This process looks at factors both inside and outside the company, and frequently employs a SWOT analysis, or similar framework, to organize the information generated. Strategic planning that examines external factors is called environmental scanning.
Templates originate from builders and other craftsman who made forms and molds to serve as guides for shaping materials. Templates have since expanded to include document formatting, along with many other uses like printing and sewing. A template is a pre-formatted guide that can be used again and again. Blank templates for graphic organizers are especially useful because you do not need to recreate the same thing over and over, and they can be used for many purposes.