Quotation Willems, Jurgen, Van Puyvelde, Stijn, Jegers, Marc, Vantilborgh, Tim, Bidee, Jemima, Pepermans, Roland. 2015. Exploring board interlocking behaviour between nonprofit organizations. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics. 86 (1), 73-88.




Directors on boards of nonprofit organizations can have additional director positions in other nonprofit organizations. When several of these interlocking directors exist for a group of nonprofit organizations, a board network is formed. We investigate to what extent similarity between organizations in terms of size, funding structure and operational activities relates to the presence of shared board members between organizations. For a network of 610 organizations we test and confirm that board networks are not formed at random, but that similarity of organizational characteristics explains interlocking behaviour, and that clusters of similar organizations exist within the overall nonprofit sector. Given this observation we propose three areas for further research. In particular we discuss opportunities regarding potential effects of network clustering, the causal direction of the relationship found, and the complementarity of the board network to other social networks in the nonprofit sector.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-D
Language English
Title Exploring board interlocking behaviour between nonprofit organizations
Volume 86
Number 1
Year 2015
Page from 73
Page to 88
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272023377_Exploring_board_interlocking_behaviour_between_nonprofit_organizations
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apce.12067
Open Access N


Willems, Jurgen (Details)
Bidee, Jemima (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Jegers, Marc (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Pepermans, Roland (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Van Puyvelde, Stijn (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Vantilborgh, Tim (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5234 Administrative science (Details)
5308 Management sciences (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
6906 Public research (Details)
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