The current fashion for rolling back the state has seen the nonprofit or third sector playing an increasing role in what were previously the heartlands of the public sphere. The growing significance of the sector and its increasing reliance on public funds mean it has also attracted increased scrutiny. From outside the sector concerns have been raised about the accountability and performance of nonprofit organizations. From within the sector there has been considerable debate about whether the increased reliance on government contracts is in danger of undermining the sector’s independence. As a result the spotlight has fallen on governance arrangements and whether they are adequate to ensure that nonprofit organizations are effective and accountable for their actions, and able to retain their independence.
This collection offers a comprehensive assessment of research on the governance of nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit governance research has been dominated by the study of boards of unitary organizations and has paid insufficient attention to the multi-level nature of governance, governance relationships and dynamics, and the contribution of actors other than board members, to governance processes.
Drawing on the research of leading scholars in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, this book presents new perspectives on non-profit governance, which help to overcome these weaknesses. Written in an accessible manner the book will be of value to scholars, researchers, students, reflective practitioners and governance consultants and advisers.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Series:||Routledge Contemporary Corporate Governance Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Chris Cornforth is Professor of Organizational Governance and Management at the Open University, UK
William A. Brown is Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management at Texas A&M University, USA
Table of Contents
1. Nonprofit Governance Research: The Need for Innovative Perspectives and Approaches (Chris Cornforth) Part I: The State of the Field 2. Nonprofit Governance Research: A Review of the Field (Dave Renz and Fredrik Andersson) 3. Out of the Shadows: Nonprofit Governance Research from a Democratic and Critical Perspective (Chao Guo, Barbara Metelsky and Pat Bradshaw) Part II: Understanding Board Member Behaviour 4. The Role and Impact of Chairs and Nonprofit Boards (Yvonne Harrison, Vic Murray and Chris Cornforth) 5. Antecedents to Board Member Engagement in Deliberation and Decision Making (Will Brown) Part III: Board Processes and Behaviour 6. Learning to be, Learning About: A Socio-Cultural Learning Approach to Board Practice (Debra Beck) 7.Beneath the Surface and Around the Table: Exploring Group Dynamics in Boards (Wendy Reid) 8. Board Monitoring and Judgement as Processes of Sensemaking (Alan Hough, Myles McGregor-Lowndes and Christine Ryan) Part IV: Changing Governance Structures and Relationships 9. Dilemmas in the Board-Staff Dynamics of Nonprofit Governance (Wendy Reid and Johanne Turbide) 10. Community Engagement Governance: Engaging Stakeholders for Community Impact (Judy Freiwirth) 11. The Evolution of Corporate Governance Structures and Relationships in English Housing Association (David Mullins) Part V: Multi-Level Governance 12. The Dynamics of Nested Governance: A Systems Perspective (Pat Bradshaw and Madeline Toubiana) 13. Adaptive Governance in Collaborations: Design Propositions from Research and Practice (Melissa Stone, John Bryson and Barbara Crosby) 14. Lessons for Governance Research and Practice: Examining Behavioural Processes and Conceptual Resources (Paul Salipante)
What People are Saying About This
'This new and illuminating study of non-profit governance advances both the theory and our practical understanding of how non-profit leaders do and should govern their institutions. It is a "must buy" book for students, academics and practitioners alike.' - Stephen Lee, Professor of Voluntary Sector Management, Cass Business School, UK