Human Resource Management in the Nonprofit Sector

Human Resource Management in the Nonprofit Sector

Passion, Purpose and Professionalism

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Cary L. Cooper

This impressive book assembles the latest research findings and thinking on the management of voluntary/nonprofit sector organizations and the effective utilization of both paid staff and volunteers. The authors expertly look into the challenges faced by this sector and the growing role that it plays in society. They review HRM in the voluntary sector and discuss the challenges of bringing about best practices, as well as suggesting how to improve leadership of voluntary/nonprofit organizations.

Chapter 11: University-based education programs in nonprofit management and philanthropic studies: current state of the field and future directions

Roseanne Mirabella and Mary McDonald

Subjects: business and management, human resource management, organisational behaviour, public management, politics and public policy, public administration and management, public policy

Extract

In response to the knowledge needs of those administering programs in the third sector, there has been a well-documented expansion of nonprofit, non-governmental and philanthropy education programs in universities and colleges globally (Wish & Mirabella, 1998a, 1998b; Mirabella & Wish, 2000; Mirabella, 2007; Mirabella, Gemelli, Malcolm & Berger, 2007). This chapter presents the most recent data available on these education programs, compiled through an electronic database accessible through the internet, and will report on census trends, provide a comparative perspective, and conclude with critical observations on the nascent field as it is developing. The lead author has been tracking and mapping the growth of the nonprofit management education field in the United States since 1996 by type of program, graduate, undergraduate, continuing education, noncredit and online course offerings, and this research is ongoing. There are currently over 325 universities and colleges across the United States offering courses in nonprofit management and philanthropy. This longitudinal study reveals how programs in the field have changed over time, including differences in distribution across program and degree type, significant modifications in curricular content, and emerging programmatic forms.

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