Quotation Donnelly-Cox, Gemma, Meyer, Michael, Wijkström, Filip. 2020. Non-profit Governance. In: Advances in Corporate Governance: Comparative Perspectives, Hrsg. Helmut K. Anheier, Theodor Baums, 142-179. Oxford: Oxford University Press.




The non-profit governance literature is emerging, multilevel, and disparate. This chapter provides a critical review of the scholarly literature on non-profit governance, identifies the distinctive and currently most important theoretical frameworks in the field, and outlines the models of good non-profit governance that have emerged, discussing their main traits. The chapter also examines the positions and roles ascribed in the literature to constituents, stakeholders, and other claimant groups involved in non-profit organisations and develops a novel approach to distinguishing between analytically different categories of claimants. The approach is proposed as a tool for future non-profit governance research. After acknowledging the limitations of its scope and identifying upcoming issues in non-profit governance, the chapter concludes with discussion of three lacunae in the current scholarship on non-profit governance that need to be addressed.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Non-profit Governance
Title of whole publication Advances in Corporate Governance: Comparative Perspectives
Editor Helmut K. Anheier, Theodor Baums
Page from 142
Page to 179
Location Oxford
Publisher Oxford University Press
Year 2020
Reviewed? Y
Open Access N


Meyer, Michael (Details)
Donnelly-Cox, Gemma (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Wijkström, Filip (Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden)
Institute for Nonprofit Management IN (Details)
Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship WE (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
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