Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations

By Alina McCandless Baluch

© 2012 – Routledge

306 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Human resource management (HRM) can aid nonprofit organizations (NPOs) in facing uncertain, changing environments of funding pressures, increasing competition and demand for services as well as internal challenges. As the distinguishing features of NPOs can render the professionalization of HRM different from the private and public sectors, this book fills a gap in the literature by offering an in-depth look at how this distinctive nature of NPOs shapes the development and implementation of their HR practices. Timely and topical, this book addresses the professionalization of HRM in the nonprofit sector using examples from an exploratory multiple case study of NPOs selected across different fields. Not only does it offer both students and practitioners in the field of HRM and nonprofit management a better understanding of the specific challenges for HRM that stem from the management of several, contradictory bottom lines in NPOs, but it also highlights the opportunities that distinguishing nonprofit features create for the development and implementation of HR practices. By illustrating how NPOs can invest in learning and adapting processes that aid them in the alteration of HRM, this book is an essential resource for those involved in designing, implementing and studying HRM in NPOs.


"There are many strengths to this volume: the European context; the case study evidence drawn from a diverse range of nonprofit organizations; and the specific focus on HRM as a discipline rather than a passing reference to ‘people management’ made in many Strategic Management texts."Gillian Kellock, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Change and HRM in NPOs 3. Applying the Dynamic Capabilities Approach to Understand Change in NPOs 4. Research Methods 5. Multiple Case Study 6. Discussion, Conclusions and Implications for the Alteration of HRM in NPOs

About the Author

Alina McCandless Baluch received her doctorate from the Faculty of Economics and Management at the Leibniz University of Hannover, where she is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Human Resource Management. Her research focuses on organizational learning, change and human resource management in nonprofit organizations. She has published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Research Methodology in Strategy and Management.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Management of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations

Voluntary and non-profit organizations are playing an increasingly significant role, worldwide, in the provision and management of public services. Drawing together significant and ground breaking research, this series will be essential reading for students of public policy and management as well as the thinking manager. Topics covered include the management of innovation and change, financial management, performance evaluation and management and organizational development and project management.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Nonprofit Organizations & Charities
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Development