Organizational challenges of community associations:applying nonprofit research to real-world problems


Can voluntary and nonprofit research be helpful for local community associations (CAs) seeking to respond to organizational challenges and problems? This paper builds on a study of an organizational crisis in an English CA to explore this question. The events which precipitated and prolonged the crisis seemed inexplicable to outside observers. Yet the study found that much of what occurred could be explained in the light of earlier theories and research. The paper concludes that voluntary and nonprofit scholarship, as well as generic organizational theories, has the potential to be helpful for community association members and activists in anticipating and responding to organizational problems. But scholars need to do more to disseminate existing research findings; to make them accessible and to adapt them to the distinctive needs and real world problems of community associations.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: community associations,nonprofit research,voluntary sector research,organizational problems,real world problems,organizational crisis,research dissemination,application of research to practice explanatory theory,organizational change
Publication ISSN: 1552-7395
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2024 08:22
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2014 14:05
Full Text Link: http://nvs.sage ... ontent/44/4/796
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2015-08
Published Online Date: 2014-05-07
Authors: Harris, Margaret



Version: Accepted Version

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