Nonprofit Management Education: U.S. and World Perspectives

Nonprofit Management Education: U.S. and World Perspectives

Nonprofit Management Education: U.S. and World Perspectives

Nonprofit Management Education: U.S. and World Perspectives


The rapidly growing trend of higher education programs specially tailored for managers of nonprofit agencies is no more than fifteen years old, but now these programs include thousands of students at nearly one hundred universities and colleges worldwide. Business management education developed at the turn of the century, and public management began education in the 1930s; now nonprofit management education is emerging in a comparable way. This book charts the growth of and addresses the major issues and controversies surrounding this new field. The collection includes both academics and practitioners reporting their research findings and experiences with nonprofit management education. Major issues include the growth of nonprofit management as an academic field, the academic and political problems facing the field, curricular and instructional issues including new technologies such as distance learning, and the debate over whether such programs should be housed in schools of business, public administration, or in their own separate programs. The book also explores ways and means by which nonprofit management education can most effectively serve nonprofit practitioners.


This book grew out of a March 1996 conference hosted by the University of San Francisco's Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management. The conference drew 125 educators, scholars, and practitioners from 14 nations. A similar but smaller conference in 1986 produced the book Educating Managers for Nonprofit Organizations (O'Neill and Young, 1988), which has been widely used in the formulation of such programs. The present book is offered as a further guide to the central issues of this still new field of higher education.

Between the 1986 and 1996 conferences, there had been a proliferation of individual courses, concentrations in various graduate degree programs, and self- standing master's degrees in nonprofit management. The earlier conference, which took place when the field was just beginning, included representatives only from the United States, England, and Canada. The 1996 conference made it clear that nonprofit management education had not only grown rapidly in the United States but also spread to many other countries.

Ten of the 35 papers presented at the 1996 conference are included in this book, along with an introductory chapter on the history, current issues, and future of nonprofit management education. Several groups will benefit from reading this book. Practitioners will learn more about the opportunities available for professional study. Educators will find models of programs and discussion of important curricular, faculty, and administrative issues. Scholars will find research and theory on this new field of higher education. All readers will find a valuable introduction to the central issues and opportunities of nonprofit management education.

Following Chapter 1, the book is divided into three parts, with chapters on national case studies, key issues in nonprofit management education, and theoretical concerns. In Chapter 2, Naomi B. Wish and Roseanne M. Mirabella report on a survey of nonprofit management education programs in the United States. Mark Lyons reports on the Australian scene in Chapter 3. Chris Cornforth, Rob Paton . . .

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