Strategic management of public interest organizations

K. van der Pijl, H. Sminia

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    This paper argues that strategic management of a public interest organization not only needs to be aimed at the interests it represents, but it also has to incorporate the organization's internal workings. The functioning of a public interest organization is seen to suffer from a primary dilemma of membership and influence and a secondary dilemma of representation and control. If these dilemmas are not handled adequately, the public interest organization will suffer from a vicious circle of contradiction and conflict, eventually threatening the organization's long-term viability. A case study is elaborated to empirically underpin this proposition. © 2004 International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)137-155
    Number of pages19
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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