Nonprofit provider paradigms: excellence, sustainability, viability and identity

Earles, Wendy (2009) Nonprofit provider paradigms: excellence, sustainability, viability and identity. In: Proceedings of the International Society for Third-Sector Research Eighth International Conference. From: International Society for Third-Sector Research Eighth International Conference, 9-12 July 2008, Barcelona, Spain.

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Abstract

An emergent 'nonprofit provider' typology identifies and elaborates two dimensions of organisational change and four practice paradigms for community and health services nonprofit organisations in Western Australia. The two dimensions of the typology relate to the nature of 'attrition or accumulation' of services and the nature of 'atrophy or aggregation' of infrastructure. The practice paradigms have been called 'excellence', 'sustainability', 'viability' and 'identity' to represent the main thrust of organisational concern within each paradigm. Each paradigm involves a set of different ideas about governance, management and service delivery. The typology has emerged from a followup study to Powerless Places and Placeless Powers, which explored organisational reshaping in Western Australian community and health services from 1984-1996. The original study identified parameters of the new geographies of the third (nonprofit) sector within the institutional context of community and health services practice. The follow-up study mapped ongoing organisational reshaping from 1997-2005. Combined the two studies provide a 20-year window into nonprofit organisational change in (Western) Australia.

Item ID: 8638
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: community services; nonprofit; organisations; provision; paradigms
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Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2010 23:32
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940117 Structure, Delivery and Financing of Community Services @ 100%
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