Quotation Dethier, Fanny, Delcourt, Cécile, Willems, Jurgen. 2021. Transparency of nonprofit organizations: An integrative framework and research agenda. Séminaire de recherche de l'UER économie, Liège, Belgium, 03.05.-03.05.


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Over the past 20 years, as the study of transparency has evolved into a burgeoning multidisciplinary field, nonprofit scholars have developed an impressive body of research on the antecedents and outcomes of the transparency of nonprofit organizations (NPOs). From both theoretical and practical purposes, it is necessary to develop an overall picture of such antecedents and outcomes, to allow scholars and NPOs to understand why, when, and how transparency should be implemented. Current studies provide a fragmented view, focused on specific elements of NPO transparency; with a systematic literature review of 76 articles, this article offers both an integrative framework of the antecedents and outcomes of NPO transparency and an agenda for research, based on a critical analysis of the integrative framework. Four relevant research orientations emerge: (1) direction of NPO transparency, (2) distinguishing actual from perceived transparency, (3) the dark side of NPO transparency, and (4) NPO transparency contingency factors. Research along these four orientations could add nuance to existing knowledge of transparency and provide key insights with regard to why, when, and how transparency works.

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  • transparency
  • NPOs
  • Research agenda

Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Transparency of nonprofit organizations: An integrative framework and research agenda
Event Séminaire de recherche de l'UER économie
Year 2021
Date 03.05.-03.05.
Country Belgium
Location Liège
URL http://hdl.handle.net/2268/259427

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Willems, Jurgen (Details)
External
Delcourt, Cécile (Université de Liège, Belgium)
Dethier, Fanny (Université de Liège, Belgium)
Organization
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT 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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