Strategic management of public interest organizations

Kees van der Pijl, Harry Sminia

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    This paper argues that strategic management of a public interest organization not only needs to be aimed at the interests it represents, but it also has to incorporate the organization’s internal workings. The functioning of a public interest organi- zation is seen to suffer from a primary dilemma of membership and influence and a secondary dilemma of representation and control. If these dilemmas are not han- dled adequately, the public interest organization will suffer from a vicious circle of contradiction and conflict, eventually threatening the organization’s long-term viability. A case study is elaborated to empirically underpin this proposition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)137-155
    Number of pages19
    Journal Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004


    • public interest organisation
    • voluntary organisations
    • strategic management
    • structuration theory
    • mentally handicapped people


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