How to translate 'operational' and 'strategic' in Chinese? The best match I've found is '操作' and '战略', but would they be correct in a phrase like:

Operational and strategic business decisions


Context the word pair to be used in:

BI can be used to support a wide range of business decisions ranging from operational to strategic

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    iciba has plenty of example sentences and definitions for "operational", as well as "strategic" 爱词霸为两个形容词提供大量的例句和定义 – user6065 Jul 23 '15 at 14:09

I think the most appropriate translation for "operational" is 运营. for example, “the day-to-day operational aspect of the business” can be translated as 公司每天运营方面。。。or for example Chief Operating Office is commonly translated as 首席运营官

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Those two words typically come up together in a business context.

operational 运营的 strategic 战略的

Remind: these are only in a business or similar context. In others, the translation does subtly change a little.

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I'm not sure if I understand what you mean by "operational". I've often heard a distinction made between "strategic" and "tactical" decion-making. If you are looking for that kind of distinction, 操作 may not be a good choice. One way I've heard people try to express it is 策略 and 戰術. It doesn't feel very natural to me, but in some cases it might work: 布局要有策略,進攻要有戰術 or something like that. Have you tried looking in 孫子兵法? Bet he has some way of expressing this.

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  • Thanks, but 策略 is a noun, more like 计划,计策,as you see – Ivan Gerasimenko Jul 23 '15 at 17:59

In a business context, 作战 seems inappropriate for "operational", unless you are really wanting that military tinge. I would suggest 业务 as a counterpoint to 战略 as in the following from http://wiki.mbalib.com/wiki/战略管理:


An operations-level strategy focuses on the market and competitive status of a certain, specific operational unit within the enterprise, and has a certain indepdence vis-a-vis an overall strategy, while at the same time forming a part of the enterprise's strategic apparatus.

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  • Ok, I'm agree about military tinge of 作战, but 业务 is not the word we need here "operational - happening in the nearest future", 业务 sounds more like "business, occupation" – Ivan Gerasimenko Jul 23 '15 at 21:09
  • it can mean that- it can also mean operation/al . Can you help us out with context? – Master Sparkles Jul 23 '15 at 23:03
  • Yes, context is added – Ivan Gerasimenko Jul 24 '15 at 5:45
  • I still think 业务 is your best choice: m.jiemian.com/article/294778.html - 持股方并不参与决策,战略决策由3位董事决定,而所有业务方面的决策都由陈旭东和他带领的团队来完成,“神奇工场我本人也出了一部分钱,完全是 ... – Master Sparkles Jul 24 '15 at 10:33

Thanks to @S.Rhee, I've found an answer:

  • 作战 - operational (in context of time)
  • 战略 - strategic


As it was mentioned by @MasterSparkles 作战 has military tingle, so perhaps it's not good to use in business context.

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  • please accept your own answer if you found yours helpful – Daniel Cheung Aug 8 '15 at 9:23

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