Can community-based organisations be ‘managed’? An exploration


This research note focuses on one type of third sector organisation - community-based organisations (CBOs) - and notes how such organisations often struggle with implementing 'management' advice. It offers four theoretical frameworks for understanding CBOs: small groups; community embeddedness; local social movements; and organisational evolution. It then discusses the practical implications of the theoretical analysis for those running CBOs. It concludes that CBOs need to avoid the application of 'management' principles where these seem to threaten to destroy the very characteristics for which CBOs are most valued by their participants.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © Policy Press 2023.
Uncontrolled Keywords: community organisation management,community-based organisations,local organisations,management practice,organisational embeddedness
Publication ISSN: 2040-8064
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 08:18
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2023 16:08
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Published Date: 2023-07-01
Published Online Date: 2022-10-27
Accepted Date: 2022-10-07
Authors: Harris, Margaret
Milofsky, Carl



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