The Summer 2012 issue of Nonprofit Quarterly looks at influences on nonprofit management from both outside an organization (e.g. technology and the economy) and internally (e.g. employees and volunteers). The entire issue provides a unique insight into this topic, with articles discussing the impact of the "participatory revolution" as seen in culture, politics, and government; the infiltration of game theory from the business world to the nonprofit sector; and, of course, new economic realities in the wake of the "Great Recession."
Below, I've reposted five article abstracts from the Catalog of Nonprofit Literature (CNL). Since Nonprofit Quarterly is part of the Foundation Center's core collection of journals you can read it at all five Center libraries; however, three of the five articles are also available online (linked below).
"External Influences on Nonprofit Management: a Wide-Angle View" by Ruth McCambridge (p. 6-11)
CNL Abstract: This article examines external influences on management styles and structures. The author discusses dominant paradigms in the field, how the economy and technology are driving change, and future considerations in organizational management.
"The Participatory Revolution in Nonprofit Management" by Gregory D. Saxton (p. 12-21)
CNL Abstract: Saxton looks at how an increasingly participatory society (as seen online, in business, and in politics) has started to change prevailing nonprofit structures and management practices. He discusses how stakeholders at all levels are changing nonprofit governance, decision-making, and administration. He also examines the increase in interorganizational collaboration. Article originally published in The Public Manager, Spring 2005.
"Nonprofit Management Isn't a Game" by Scott Helm (p. 22-27)
CNL Abstract: Discusses the invasion of for-profit models and trends into the nonprofit arena, focusing on the use of game theory as a decision-making tool. The author argues that it is time for nonprofits to push back and cultivate their own management frameworks while embracing uncertainty.
"Managing in the New Economic Reality" by Jina Paik (p. 28-35)
CNL Abstract: A staff member from the Nonprofit Finance Fund discusses economic problems that nonprofits have faced recently, and management strategies used to address them. She discusses cost-cutting measures, revenue-generating strategies, cash and financial management, funder engagement, collaborations, earned income ventures, soliciting individual donors, and endowments.
"Technology's Effect on Nonprofit Management" by Holly Ross (p. 36-41)
CNL Abstract: Article explores challenges and opportunities introduced by the continuing rise of technology, especially its impact on leadership. Ross explains that the challenges are most felt in the management of data and from the decentralized, flatter organizational structures that require more leadership than the traditional hierarchy.
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