Quotation Maier, Florentine, Meyer, Michael. 2021. Normative understandings of nonprofit governance: everyday discourses and research perspectives. In: Research Handbook on Nonprofit Governance, Hrsg. Donnelly-Cox, Gemma; Meyer, Michael; Wijkström, Filip, 27-45. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.




This chapter analyses normative ideal types of organizational governance that are prevalent in nonprofit practice and scholarly literature. Nonprofit organizations (NPOs) practise a wide variety of governance models. From close up, one could say that each NPO has a unique governance system: a leadership system, control protocols, property rights, decision rights, and other practices that give the organization its authority and mandate for action. Such an understanding of nonprofit governance corresponds to the holistic meaning of the word ‘governance’ which comes from the French gouverner, which means to govern and to rule, which is equivalent to Latin gubernare and Greek κυβερνάω. These ancient words mean to control the direction of something, such as a ship. Each NPO has its own system for staying on course.From a distance, typical patterns in NPOs’ governance systems can be identified. These patterns are historically and culturally contingent.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Normative understandings of nonprofit governance: everyday discourses and research perspectives
Title of whole publication Research Handbook on Nonprofit Governance
Editor Donnelly-Cox, Gemma; Meyer, Michael; Wijkström, Filip
Page from 27
Page to 45
Location Cheltenham, UK
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.elgaronline.com/view/edcoll/9781788114905/9781788114905.00011.xml
ISBN 978 1 78811 490 5
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.elgaronline.com/view/edcoll/9781788114905/9781788114905.00011.xml


Maier, Florentine (Details)
Meyer, Michael (Details)
Institute for Nonprofit Management IN (Details)
Management DP (Details)
Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship WE (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
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