NGOs and Organizational Change: Discourse, Reporting, and Learning

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 7, 2003 - Business & Economics
The organizational dynamics of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become increasingly complex as they have evolved from small local groups into sophisticated multinational organizations with global networks. Alnoor Ebrahim's study analyses the organizational evolution of NGOs as a result of their increased profile as bilateral partners in delivering aid. Focusing on the relationships between NGOs and their international network of funders, it examines not only the tensions created by the reporting requirement of funders, but also the strategies of resistance employed by NGOs. Ebrahim shows that systems of reporting, monitoring, and learning play essential roles in shaping not only what NGOs do but, more importantly, how they think about what they do. The book combines original case studies and research with an extensive review of literature. It draws from multiple fields including organizational behaviour, social and critical theory, civil society studies, and environmental and natural resource management.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
the relevance of Foucault and Bourdieu
7
2 The NGOs and their global networks
21
3 NGO behavior and development discourse
34
tensions ver money and reputation
52
the role of information in the reproduction of NGOfunder relationships
77
6 Learning in NGOs
107
NGOfunder relations in a global future
151
Notes
160
References
170
Index
179
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Alnoor Ebrahim is an Associate Professor at the Harvard Business School. His research and teaching focus on the challenges of accountability, performance, and organizational learning facing nonprofit and civil society organizations. He is also affiliated with Harvard University's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

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