Analysis of Change in the Nonprofit Sector "The Austrian NPO Panel Survey"

Project Details

Financing body

Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture


The aim of this project is to systematically monitor and analyse key developments and their underlying forces for the Austrian nonprofit sector. The core of the project comprises two mail surveys of all Austrian nonprofit organisations with at least one paid employee. In addition, a smaller group of private for-profit and public organisations in the care and child care sector will serve as control groups. The surveys are conducted in collaboration with the Austrian central statistics office "STATISTIC AUSTRIA" in 2006 and 2014. In contrast to repeated cross-sectional studies of NPOs a panel survey allows not only a description of changes but also provides an inside view of the causal relations that lead to these changes, since individual organisations are tracked over time. Major topics to be dealt with in the study concern NPOs' strategic management, organisational structure, employment and human resource management, funding patterns and co-operative or competitive relationship as they evolve and interact over time.
The members of the project team represent different scientific disciplines, contributing a wide range of theoretical approaches and methods, which will eventually merge to form a unified theory of nonprofit-sector dynamics.
Effective start/end date28/02/0428/02/16

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Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (OEFOS)

  • 509011 Organisational development
  • 502039 Structural policy
  • 605003 Cultural economics
  • 509002 Disability studies
  • 509005 Gerontology
  • 502026 Human resource management
  • 502046 Economic policy
  • 506009 Organisation theory
  • 504
  • 504003 Poverty and social exclusion
  • 502011 Cooperative systems
  • 502
  • 502023 NPO research
  • 502001 Labour market policy
  • 502053 Economics
  • 502052 Business administration
  • 504030 Economic sociology