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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:54955
Doc. No:TL24909
Call number:‭3206833‬
Main Entry:Nancy Jill Strichman
Title & Author:Adaptive capacity in Israeli social change nonprofitsNancy Jill Strichman
College:University of Pittsburgh
Date:2005
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2005
Page No:207
Abstract:In order for nonprofit organizations to sustain themselves in today's environment, they need to continually learn from their experiences and adapt to changing circumstances. This 'adaptive capacity', considered one of the essential organizational capacities for enabling nonprofits to achieve their mission, requires nonprofits to act as 'learning organizations' and to use evaluation as a tool to enhance organizational learning and performance (Letts, Ryan & Grossman, 1999; Sussman, 2003). A theoretical framework for assessing a nonprofit's 'organizational readiness' to improve its adaptive capacity was developed and applied to ten social change nonprofits in Israel. In this descriptive cross sectional study, a questionnaire and individual interviews with staff and board members were used to gain insight into the nonprofits' work environments and learning cultures. The results demonstrate the utility of the conceptual framework while providing insight into the day-to-day realities of organizational life that help to shape the adaptive capacity of the ten nonprofits in the sample. Practical implications can be drawn regarding the development of capacity building strategies and possible focal points for the strengthening of adaptive capacity among social change nonprofits.
Subject:Social sciences; Education; Adaptive capacity; Israeli; Learning organization; NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS; Social change; Public administration; Adult education; Continuing education; Management; Organizational change; Adaptability; Studies; Israel; 0516:Adult education; 0516:Continuing education; 0617:Public administration; 0454:Management
Added Entry:W. E. Bickel
Added Entry:University of Pittsburgh