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Free Content Organisational capacity and entrepreneurial behaviour in nonprofit organisations: an empirical exploration

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Despite growing aspirations from policy makers and institutional donors to generate and support a more entrepreneurial nonprofit sector, we still know little about what characterises an entrepreneurial nonprofit organisation. This study utilised data from 50 small- and medium-sized nonprofit agencies to explore empirically organisational capacities associated with entrepreneurial and less entrepreneurial nonprofit agencies. The results indicate that features linked to financial and top management leadership capacity are on average stronger in entrepreneurial agencies. While this study cannot determine causality, it provides a rare comparative perspective to help inform future efforts to build and understand entrepreneurial nonprofit organisations.

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Keywords: ENTREPRENEURSHIP; NONPROFIT ORGANISATIONS; ORGANISATIONAL CAPACITY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-03-01

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    The journal covers the full range of issues relevant to voluntary sector studies, including: definitional and theoretical debates; management and organisational development; financial and human resources; philanthropy; volunteering and employment; regulation and charity law; service delivery; civic engagement; industry and sub-sector dimensions; relations with other sectors; social enterprise; evaluation and impact. Voluntary Sector Review covers voluntary sector studies from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, social policy, politics, psychology, economics, business studies, social anthropology, philosophy and ethics. The journal includes work from the UK and Europe, and beyond, where cross-national comparisons are illuminating. With dedicated expert policy and practice sections, Voluntary Sector Review also provides an essential forum for the exchange of ideas and new thinking.

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    Editors: Nick Acheson (Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland), Bernard Harris (University of Strathclyde, UK), Rob Macmillan, (University of Birmingham, UK)

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