Three Schools of Nonprofit Thought: Evolution of the Field and Implications For Leadership

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Malhotra, Aastha. 2018. "Three Schools of Nonprofit Thought: Evolution of the Field and Implications For Leadership." Wiltshire, Kenneth, Malhotra, Aastha and Axelson, Micheal (ed.) Transformational Leadership and Not for Profits and Social Enterprises. New York, United States. Taylor & Francis. pp. 15-33
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Three Schools of Nonprofit Thought: Evolution of the Field and Implications For Leadership

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3415
3137
Book TitleTransformational Leadership and Not for Profits and Social Enterprises
Authors
AuthorMalhotra, Aastha
EditorsWiltshire, Kenneth, Malhotra, Aastha and Axelson, Micheal
Page Range15-33
SeriesRoutledge Studies in the Management of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations
Chapter Number2
Number of Pages19
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Routledge
Place of PublicationNew York, United States
ISBN9781138204829
9781315468570
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315468570-2
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781315468570-2/three-schools-nonprofit-thought-aastha-malhotra
Abstract

This chapter provides the competing perspectives into three distinct schools of thought where each school is based on unique values and motivations, and has different strengths and shortcomings. It discusses the three schools of thought, covering their origins, the key drivers that prompted their emergence, the key characteristics and practices associated with each school as well as the reasons behind the transitions from one school to another. The chapter highlights the transformational nature of the nonprofit landscape and the contrasting and contradictory perspectives that exist towards nonprofit functioning and the resulting debates. Illustrative practices include supervision and formation of ethical codes that continue to govern practice and prescribe service ideals. The Traditional School not only endorses these views, but also deems that focusing on anything other than the mission diminishes an organisation's ability to stay true to its purpose. The foremost characteristic of the Hybrid School is visible in 'dual-natured' practices that blur boundaries between nonprofit and for-profit work.

Keywordsnonprofit management, leadership
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350708. Not-for-profit business and management
440407. Socio-economic development
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