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Research


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.

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Recent Research

Texas Nonprofit Sector Reports

Texas Nonprofit Sector coverTexas Nonprofit Sector: Growth and Change (1995 - 2012) (2015)
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Texas Nonprofit Sector: Capacity in Nonprofit Organizations coverTexas Nonprofit Sector: Capacity in Nonprofit Organizations (2014)
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Texas Nonprofit Sector: Describing the Size & Scope coverTexas Nonprofit Sector: Describing the Size & Scope (2013)
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Faculty Research Projects and Publications

Dr. Will Brown

Dr. Will BrownDr. Brown’s research focuses on nonprofit governance, strategy, and organizational effectiveness. He has authored numerous research articles, technical reports, and several practice-oriented publications.

Books

Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations book coverStrategic 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 book coverNonprofit 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).

Recent Journal Articles

Dr. Laurie Paarlberg

Dr. Laurie PaarlbergDr. 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.

Recent Journal Articles
  • Paarlberg, Laurie E., Rebecca Nesbit, Robert Christensen, Mary Tschirhart, and Richard Clerkin. 2015. “Philanthropic Mobility and Influence of Donor Residency on Donation Choices.” Voluntas 26 (1): 267–287.
  • Paarlberg, Laurie E., Jun Yan, and Chao Guo. 2014. “Are Nonprofit Antipoverty Organizations Located Where They Are Needed? A Spatial Analysis of the Greater Hartford Region.” American Statistician 68 (4): 243–252.
  • Paarlberg, Laurie E., Rebecca Nesbit, Richard Clerkin, and Robert Christensen. 2014. “Leading, Following, or Complementing in Economic Crisis: A Conceptual Model Illustrating Nonprofit Relationships with Public Schools.” Administrative Sciences 4 (2): 120–136.
  • Brennan, John B, Laurie E. Paarlberg, and Michele Hoyman. 2013. “Assembling the Puzzle of the Nonprofit-Economic Development Linkage.” Nonprofit Policy Journal. 5 (1): 45-65.
  • Nesbit, Rebecca, Robert Christensen, Mary Tschirhart, Richard Clerkin, and Laurie Paarlberg. 2013. “Philanthropic Mobility and Influence of Donor Residency on Donation Choices.” VOLUNTAS.
  • Paarlberg, L. E., Perry, J. L., Hondeghem, A. (2008). In James L. Perry and Annie Hondeghem (Ed.), Translating Theory to Practice: An Applied Public Service Motivation (pp. 294-314). Oxford University Press

Dr. Ellie Heng Qu

Dr. Ellie Heng QuDr. 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.

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