Quotation Vantilborgh, Tim, Bidee, Jemima, Pepermans, Roland, Willems, Jurgen, Huybrechts, Gert, Jegers, Marc. 2011. A New Deal for NPO Governance and Management: Implications for Volunteers Using Psychological Contract Theory. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 22 (4), 639-657.


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Two major evolutions have been reported to occur in the nonprofit sector during the past decades. Both the nature of nonprofit organizations (NPOs) and of volunteering style are changing. While this creates challenges for NPO governance and management, little is known about the process or the outcomes of these two developments. We propose a two-dimensional conceptual model to explain how the aforementioned evolutions influence the attitudes and behavior of volunteers, based on psychological contract theory. More specifically, we posit that both evolutions create tensions in volunteers’ psychological contracts that could lead to contract breach. We formulate twelve propositions on the nature of this psychological contract breach and the resulting attitudes and behavior of volunteers. Finally, we offer some possible solutions that NPO boards and managers can apply to cope with these challenges.

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  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Volunteers
  • Psychological contract
  • Professionalization
  • Reflexive volunteers

Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title A New Deal for NPO Governance and Management: Implications for Volunteers Using Psychological Contract Theory
Volume 22
Number 4
Year 2011
Page from 639
Page to 657
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234153593_A_New_Deal_for_NPO_Governance_and_Management_Implications_for_Volunteers_Using_Psychological_Contra
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11266-011-9200-x
Open Access N

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Willems, Jurgen (Details)
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Bidee, Jemima (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Huybrechts, Gert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Jegers, Marc (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Pepermans, Roland (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Vantilborgh, Tim (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
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