A PESTLE (Political, Economic, Sociological, Technological, Legal, Environmental) analysis is an audit of an organisation's environmental influences, with the purpose of using this information to guide strategic decision-making. The factsheet explores the six headings of the PESTLE model; HR practitioners can use these to brainstorm or research the key factors which influence an organisation but are out of its direct control.

The factsheet examines the PESTLE process itself, providing PESTLE analysis tips and outlining the different scenarios when a PESTLE analysis is most appropriate: Business planning, marketing planning, product development, organisational change, and research reports. The factsheet concludes by looking at the advantages and disadvantages of using a PESTLE analysis.

CIPD viewpoint

What is PESTLE analysis?

The PESTLE model

The PESTLE process

Advantages and disadvantages of using a PESTLE analysis

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