For a first time student, the extent, reach and disbursement of literature on policy implementation can be perplexing. Public policy implementation research has witnessed resurgence in recent years marked by an ever widening interest reflected in copious output in varied fields. This micro diffusion of policy areas has brought in its wake an ever increasing challenge of implementation. Its subsequent research has also created an extremely huge and dense volume of literature. The objectives of this paper are four fold: first to bring together as much as possible, the seminal literature on implementation to provide an intrinsic understanding of the subject matter. Second, we aim to trace the influence of strategic management on policy implementation. Third, by putting the literature in this order we hope to demystify the content of and the boundaries of this space. Last, we hope to outline the direction of future research in this field. © Copyright 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.