“A Strategic Planning Network for NPOs”- A critical review

Rajeev Singh


The critical review is based on extensive reading about strategic management in non-profit organisations (NPOs). Efforts are made to study, comprehend and relate the strategic tools to this sector. A summary of the argument is given in the beginning followed by a brief note on how the argument is relevant to the course of Strategic Organisation in Marketplace. The part on critical review considers the strengths of the argument, usefulness/ relevance to the business, critique of argument and alternative views that could be valid. Towards the end, different areas of future research are suggested based on the paper under review. An alphabetical list of resources used, classified as Journals and Books / Other Resources, is presented as Bibliography in the end.


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