Six Shades of Strategizing: The Humanitarian Action in Perspective


  • Tosi Laetitia
  • Paché Gilles
  • Fulconis François


  • Actors
  • Humanitarian action
  • Organization theory
  • Strategy-as-practice

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This exploratory paper looks into humanitarian development action by suggesting a strategic framework to better understand its stakes for stakeholders. In terms of methodology, the authors use the academic literature to provide an interpretation of the strategizing process. In reference to the two theoretic trends of organised strategic action and of strategy-as-practice, the aim is to introduce an original matrix highlighting six situations of humanitarian development action. The matrix is illustrated by six humanitarian development cases “managerial archetypes”.

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