Challenges in Managing Nonprofit Organizations: A Research Overview

International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Vol. 15, No. 2, p. 101-116, June 2004

20 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2006

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Bernd Helmig

Department of Business Administration, Chair Public & Nonprofit Management

Marc Jegers

Free University of Brussels (VUB) - Micro-Economics for Profit and Non Profit Sector (MICE)

Irvine Lapsley

IPSAR, University of Edinburgh Business School

Abstract

The topic of "management" and nonprofit organizations (NPOs) continues to fascinate scholars. This paper draws on varying theoretical perspectives to explore their respective contributions to our knowledge of NPOs. The two longstanding and contrasting disciplines of economics and sociology have contributed most, traditionally, to the study of NPOs. However, neither of these disciplines has resolved all the dilemmas associated with NPOs. The standard economic model does not apply well to the distinctive non-market situation of NPOs. The sociological perspectives offer interesting insight, but fail to develop plans of action for NPOs. However, both of these traditional perspectives are starting to be eclipsed by the focus on marketing research.

Keywords: NPO research, economics, sociology, marketing

JEL Classification: L30, M40, M46, M48, M31

Suggested Citation

Helmig, Bernd and Jegers, Marc and Lapsley, Irvine, Challenges in Managing Nonprofit Organizations: A Research Overview. International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Vol. 15, No. 2, p. 101-116, June 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=929484

Bernd Helmig (Contact Author)

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Marc Jegers

Free University of Brussels (VUB) - Micro-Economics for Profit and Non Profit Sector (MICE) ( email )

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Irvine Lapsley

IPSAR, University of Edinburgh Business School ( email )

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EDINBURGH, Scotland EH89JS
United Kingdom

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