Quotation Suykens, Ben, Maier, Florentine, Meyer, Michael, Verschuere, Bram. 2019. Being Business-like and Still Serving Society? Investigating the Relationship between NPOs being Business-like and their Societal Roles. ARNOVA, San Diego, Vereinigte Staaten/USA, 21.11.-23.11.


RIS


BibTeX

Abstract

NPOs are increasingly using business-like methods and funding sources, and expect this to help them better fulfill their societal roles. However, there are indications that when NPOs imitate businesses, they may focus on service delivery and neglect other societal roles such as community building, political advocacy, and promoting civic engagement. We examine this issue with survey data from Flemish NPO (N = 496). Overall, our results suggest that the critical tone underlying the effects of NPOs being business-like might be somewhat overdrawn, as we find that the extent to which business-like practices are present (a) is only weakly associated with the extent to which NPOs engage in particular societal roles (low adjusted R2), and (b) is mainly positively related to societal role uptake. We conclude by pointing to the particularities of the research context at hand, as well as suggest avenues for further research.

Tags

Press 'enter' for creating the tag

Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Being Business-like and Still Serving Society? Investigating the Relationship between NPOs being Business-like and their Societal Roles
Event ARNOVA
Year 2019
Date 21.11.-23.11.
Country United States/USA
Location San Diego

Associations

People
Maier, Florentine (Details)
Meyer, Michael (Details)
External
Suykens, Ben (Ghent University, Belgium)
Verschuere, Bram (Ghent University, Belgium)
Organization
Institute for Nonprofit Management IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5421 Aging research (Details)
Google Scholar: Search