Quotation Karner, Dominik, Litofcenko, Julia, Maier, Florentine. 2018. The life and death of nonprofit associations: Exploring the influence of governance arrangements. 37th EGOS colloquium, Tallin, Estonia, 08.07-10.07.




Much has been written about the life and death of organizations, making it clear that the survival of organizations depends on environmental and organizational factors. This paper adds to this body of knowledge by investigating the effect of governance regulations on the survival chances of nonprofit associations. It contributes to a nuanced understanding of implications of isomorphism (or allomorphism, or automorphism) for organizational survival: Following arguments of Scandinavian institutionalism, we hypothesize that organizations that moderately adapt widespread governance regulations (allomorphism) will have higher chances of survival than organizations that follow their own idiosyncratic governance traditions (automorphism), or that carbon-copy widespread governance regulations (isomorphism). We examine these issues by using a database of 124,800 active, inactive and dissolved associations that approximates the full population of associations in Austria.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title The life and death of nonprofit associations: Exploring the influence of governance arrangements
Event 37th EGOS colloquium
Year 2018
Date 08.07-10.07.
Country Estonia
Location Tallin


Karner, Dominik (Details)
Litofcenko, Julia (Details)
Maier, Florentine (Details)
Institute for Nonprofit Management IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
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