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Leadership in Not-for-Profits and Social Enterprise: Values and Comparative Considerations

European Public Leadership in Crisis?

ISBN: 978-1-78350-901-0, eISBN: 978-1-78350-902-7

ISSN: 2045-7944

Publication date: 18 October 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The paper examines aspects of not-for-profit leadership and in particular the importance of values in such leadership.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing on the literature for leadership in charities, not-for-profits and social enterprise, the paper also uses two detailed case studies to illustrate dilemmas and challenges specific to the not-for-profit sector. These examples are the Salvation Army and Emmaus, both of which are found across many countries.

Findings

The paper identifies the importance of value sets in not-for-profits – in particular the voluntarist element that especially distinguishes these organisations from those in the private and public sectors. However, it also identifies common ground between some aspects of not-for-profit leadership and those other sectors.

Originality/value

The paper furnishes a composite of literature on leadership reinforced by detailed case studies as well as observations on characteristics that both link and separate leadership in the different sectors.

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Citation

Murdock, A. (2014), "Leadership in Not-for-Profits and Social Enterprise: Values and Comparative Considerations", European Public Leadership in Crisis? (Critical Perspectives on International Public Sector Management, Vol. 3), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 127-146. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2045-794420140000003016

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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