Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effective nonprofit collaborative networks
by Martinez, Jessica, M.S., Pepperdine University, 2013, 103; 1542660
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored effectiveness in nonprofit collaborative networks (NPCNs) and the role shared values played in that effectiveness. Twelve participants representing nine different NPCNs were interviewed for this study. Study findings suggested that NPCN effectiveness stems from six sources: shared direction; strong leadership; strong relationships throughout the community; active, ethical participation on an individual and organizational level; efficient and inclusive work processes and dynamics; and producing valued outcomes. Values participants believed led to NPCN effectiveness included focus on mission; focus on relationships; collaborative approach; and work ethic, ethical behavior, and integrity. Shared values were reported as necessary for NPCN survival, productive action, and positive organizational climate. Suggestions for research are to evaluate techniques for promoting collaboration between funders and NPCNs, building awareness among NPCNs operating in the same space, and expanding the sample to extend the present study's findings and allow for analysis based on demographic groupings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Feyerherm, Ann E.
Commitee: Egan, Terri
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Collaboration, Culture, Effectiveness, Nonprofits, Organizational networks, Values
Publication Number: 1542660
ISBN: 9781303279669
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