Inherent system dynamics of instability and resilience in nonprofit human services

Shena R. Ashley

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This study advances the notion that the observed instability of nonprofit human service organizations may be inherent to the institutional environment and that decisions to save in order to smooth resources across the business cycle may be, in part, outside of the control of any single organization. The conclusion drawn from the analysis points to a need for more sufficient reserve funds in the sector. But, the discussion of barriers in the institutional environment raises the caution that increasing reserve funds in these organizations cannot simply be done by encouraging better financial management practices. Consideration has to be given to reducing the barriers created by the set of complex perspectives and norms that affect the legitimacy of surplus accumulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLocal Government Budget Stabilization
Subtitle of host publicationExplorations and Evidence
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319151861
ISBN (Print)9783319151854
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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