The Nonprofit Management Program seeks to develop research that has a meaningful impact on the nonprofit sector. This research improves Texas leaders’ understanding of the scope, structure, and capacity of nonprofits and philanthropy in Texas and beyond. Additionally, the program collaborates with a network of scholars in the field. Recent research articles have been published in the top national journals in the core areas of: governance, strategic management, grant making and philanthropy.
Dr. Brown’s research focuses on nonprofit governance, strategy, and organizational effectiveness. He has authored numerous research articles, technical reports, and several practice-oriented publications.
Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations uses a strategic management framework to consider key decisions that nonprofit managers and volunteer leaders confront as they plan and work to position their organizations for optimal success.
Brown, William A. Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations. Jones & Bartlett Learning; 1 edition (March 11, 2014).
Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches. This collection offers a comprehensive assessment of research on the governance of nonprofit organizations. Drawing on the research of leading scholars in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, this book presents new perspectives on non-profit governance, which help to overcome these weaknesses.
Cornforth, Chris, & Brown, William A. Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches. Routledge (June 19, 2013).
Dr. Paarlberg’s current research focus is on the changing structure of local grant making systems. She has published research on topics ranging from geographic mobility and philanthropic engagement to exploring change, transformational leadership, and complexity science as an alternative framework for understanding strategic management in a public serving organization.
Dr. Qu’s research interests and current projects include nonprofit revenue management and organizational capacity, nonprofit financial reporting and accountability, social innovation and impact investing, motivations for individual charitable giving and nonprofit resource development, effects of pro-social behavior on people's well-being, and experimental studies.