The life and death of nonprofit associations: Exploring the influence of governance arrangements

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Much has been written about the life and death of organizations, making it clear that the survival of organizations depends on environmental and organizational factors. This paper adds to this body of knowledge by investigating the effect of governance regulations on the survival chances of nonprofit associations. It contributes to a nuanced understanding of implications of isomorphism (or allomorphism, or automorphism) for organizational survival: Following arguments of Scandinavian institutionalism, we hypothesize that organizations that moderately adapt widespread governance regulations (allomorphism) will have higher chances of survival than organizations that follow their own idiosyncratic governance traditions (automorphism), or that carbon-copy widespread governance regulations (isomorphism). We examine these issues by using a database of 124,800 active, inactive and dissolved associations that approximates the full population of associations in Austria.
Period8 Jul 201810 Jul 2018
Event title37th EGOS Colloquium
Event typeConference
LocationAmsterdam, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 506009 Organisation theory
  • 502023 NPO research