Quotation Willems, Jurgen, Andersson, Frederik, Jegers, Marc, Renz, David. 2017. A Coalition Perspective on Nonprofit Governance Quality: Analyzing Dimensions of Influence in an Exploratory Comparative Case Analysis. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 28 (4), 1422-1447.




We answer the call that governance research should focus more on processes outside the boundaries of boards, especially for nonprofit organizations. In particular, we suggest and elaborate concrete steps with respect to the advantages of a leadership coalition perspective to focus more on the behavioral and informal aspects of governance. Through a comparative case analysis of five nonprofit organizations, we explore contingencies between characteristics of nonprofit leadership coalitions and governance quality. We identify two dimensions to classify leadership coalitions: centralized versus diffused influence and specific versus holistic influence. These dimensions are subsequently related with observed governance quality. We frame our finding in the existing literature on group faultlines, which are socially constructed dividing lines within groups, and we discuss the importance of establishing a balanced coalition between a weak or nonexisting and a strong dominant coalition to ensure high governance quality. We also present propositions on how governance quality and its various sub-dimensions can be studied as a complex, nonlinear intermediate concept between coalitional aspects of leadership groups and nonprofit organizational performance. Finally, we discuss concrete avenues for further testing and verification of our theoretical interpretation.


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  • Nonprofit governance quality
  • Leadership coalitions
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Publication's profile

Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title A Coalition Perspective on Nonprofit Governance Quality: Analyzing Dimensions of Influence in an Exploratory Comparative Case Analysis
Volume 28
Number 4
Year 2017
Page from 1422
Page to 1447
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.researchgate.net/publication/292342368_A_Coalition_Perspective_on_Nonprofit_Governance_Quality_Analyzing_Dimensions_of_Influence_in_an_Exp
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11266-016-9683-6
Open Access N


Willems, Jurgen (Details)
Andersson, Frederik (Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, United States/USA)
Jegers, Marc (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Renz, David (University of Missouri, United States/USA)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5234 Administrative science (Details)
5308 Management sciences (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5529 Group dynamics (Details)
5837 Group dynamics (Details)
6906 Public research (Details)
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