Nonprofit Organizations in an Age of Uncertainty: A Study of Organizational Change

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Transaction Publishers - Social Science - 290 pages

In this unique longitudinal examination of the "third sector" of the economy, the authors explore why, in a major U. S. metropolitan area, some nonprofit organizations grew while others shrank during the 14-year period of the study. The authors' striking conclusions contribute to an understanding of how organizations juggle commitments to donors, grantmakers, members, and service populations, while trying to keep costs down and worker morale high. In the face of these often conflicting tasks, the study demonstrates that it is ultimately an organization's coping strategies that keep it afloat.

 

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Contents

Organizational Change and the Public Charity
xiii
LEARNING FROM THE LITERATURE ON ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
xiv
PUBLIC CHARITIES
23
DISCUSSION
33
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
34
A Profile of the Twin Cities Public Charity Sector 19801994
39
CROSSSECTIONAL SURVEYS AND THE PANEL STUDY
49
PUBLIC CHARITY ACTIVITIES
56
ORGANIZATIONAL TACTICS AND ACTIVITIES
124
DATA METHODS AND VARIABLES
131
HYPOTHESES 17
136
HYPOTHESES 811
148
DISCUSSION
153
Growth Decline Tactics and the Organizational Milieux
161
THE CONSEQUENCES OF CHANGE
162
DATA METHODS AND VARIABLES
172

PUBLIC CHARITY EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS
58
PUBLIC CHARITY EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES
59
DISCUSSION
71
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
73
Growth and Decline among Nonprofit Organizations
81
DATA METHODS AND VARIABLES
93
MODELS OF GROWTH AND DECLINE
103
HYPOTHESES 1 THROUGH 8
105
HYPOTHESES 913
111
DISCUSSION
113
Environmental and Embeddedness Effects on Organizational Tactics
123
ANALYZING THE CONSEQUENCES OF CHANGE
178
DISCUSSION
195
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
203
Summary and Conclusions
205
A CONTEST OF IDEAS
206
CONCLUSION
233
Original Sample 1980
239
Niche Analysis
249
References
267
Index
284
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