Voluntary Organizations and Innovation in Public Services

Voluntary Organizations and Innovation in Public Services

by Stephen P. Osborne
     
 

The innovative capacity of voluntary organizations has become a touchstone for their role in providing public services. Across the world there are increasing pressures on voluntary organizations to improve the quality and effectiveness of public services through innovation and change. This volume uses original research to assess the innovative capacity of voluntary

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Overview

The innovative capacity of voluntary organizations has become a touchstone for their role in providing public services. Across the world there are increasing pressures on voluntary organizations to improve the quality and effectiveness of public services through innovation and change. This volume uses original research to assess the innovative capacity of voluntary organizations. It provides:

* a conceptual framework for understanding the innovative capacity of voluntary organizations
* empirical evidence detailing the nature and extent of innovation
* an analysis of successful innovators in personal social services
* the applicability of the for-profit model of innovation to non-profit organizations
* an account of the contingent nature of voluntary organizations' relationship to their external environment and particularly their main funders.

The development of a theory of innovation in non-market and nonprofit conditions makes this volume an important addition to organizational studies literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415182560
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/13/1998
Series:
Routledge Studies in the Management of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1Voluntary and non-profit organizations and innovation in public services1
2Conceptualizing voluntary activity5
3Innovations, innovators and innovating20
4Research methodology69
5Mapping and defining the innovative activity of VNPOs86
6Four causal hypotheses and a process107
7The innovative capacity of VNPOs175
References199
Index223

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