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Asserting Difference: The Strategic Response of Nonprofit Organizations to Competition
Sociological research on nonprofit organizations has identified several strategies by which nonprofits may respond to environmental challenges. I explicate a strategic response that I call
How Organizational Stakeholders Shape Performance Measurement in Nonprofits
Research on performance measurement by nonprofit organizations increasingly focuses on the use of outcome measurement (OM) to assess organizational effectiveness. This article applies a strategic
Institutional Pressures and Organizational Capacity: The Case of Outcome Measurement1
A central claim of new institutional theory is that organizations in a field come to exhibit shared characteristics over time. Recent literature emphasizes variation across field members, but has yet
The National Congregations Study : Background, methods, and selected results
The National Congregations Study (NCS) was conducted in conjunction with the 1998 General Social Survey (GSS). The 1998 GSS asked respondents who attend religious services to name their religious
With Strings Attached: Nonprofits and the Adoption of Donor Choice
Donors' ability to attach strings to their contributions has become increasingly prevalent in the nonprofit sector. Using the case of workplace charity, this article examines the determinants of
Who and What Really Counts? Stakeholder Prioritization and Accounting for Social Value
Research in stakeholder management has theorized extensively the prioritization of stakeholders as a key dynamic of firms’ value creation, but has paid less attention to the organizational practices
What is the Bottom Line for Nonprofit Organizations? A History of Measurement in the British Voluntary Sector
Over the last two decades, nonprofit organizations in the United Kingdom (UK) have faced increased pressure to measure their activities in order to demonstrate their competency, to achieve
An Institutional Approach to Donor Control: From Dyadic Ties to a Field‐Level Analysis1
  • Emily Barman
  • Business
    American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 March 2007
Literature on the nonprofit sector focuses on charities and their interactions with clients or governmental agencies; donors are studied less often. Studies on philanthropy do examine donors but tend
Of Principle and Principal: Value Plurality in the Market of Impact Investing
Impact investing—investment with the intentional expectation of social or environmental impact alongside �耀nancial return—constitutes one of a growing array of “concerned markets” where economic
Caring Capitalism: The Meaning and Measure of Social Value
Companies are increasingly championed for their capacity to solve social problems. Yet what happens when such goods as water, education, and health are sold by companies - rather than donated by