Factors attracting individuals to nonprofit management over public and private sector management

Kelly Leroux, Mary Feeney

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Abstract

Little research has sought to identify the distinct advantages that nonprofits offer employees, particularly managers. Drawing upon Weisbrod's theory of managerial sorting (1988), we test a series of hypotheses about the differences among nonprofit, public, and for-profit organizations that may explain the preference of managers to work in one sector over the other. We use pooled cross-sectional data from the General Social Survey to test managerial sorting. We find many similarities in the perceptions of managers in the nonprofit and public sectors as compared to the for-profit sector. However, when we examine the sorting of managers into nonprofit versus public sector jobs, we find differences in work environment. Compared to those working in the public sector, managers in nonprofits report greater freedom in deciding how to carry out their job functions, more control over their work schedules, and greater opportunities for pay increases. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of these findings for the practice of nonprofit management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-62
Number of pages20
JournalNonprofit Management and Leadership
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Nonprofit management
Public and private sector
Managers
Individual factors
Sorting
Public sector
Employees
Control function
Cross-sectional data
Work schedules
Nonprofit sector
Work environment

Keywords

  • Nonprofit management
  • Public management
  • Sector differences
  • Sorting

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  • Strategy and Management

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Factors attracting individuals to nonprofit management over public and private sector management. / Leroux, Kelly; Feeney, Mary.

In: Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2013, p. 43-62.

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