Organizational resilience : Nonprofit organizations’ response to change

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Organizational resilience : Nonprofit organizations’ response to change
Author Witmer, Hope ; Mellinger, Marcela Sarmiento
Research Centre Centre for Work Life and Evaluation Studies (CTA)
Date 2016
English abstract
BACKGROUND: Organizational resilience refers to the ability to respond productively to significant disruptive change and transform challenges into opportunities. There is a gap in the literature about resilient nonprofit organizations and its application for identifying organizational conditions for successful adaption to external variables that threaten their existence. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify organizational characteristics that point to the resilience of nonprofit behavioral healthcare organizations as they successfully adapt to funding changes. METHODS: A multiple case study of two behavioral health nonprofit organizations was conducted. Data was collected through interviews and focus groups, and analyzed through a qualitative content analysis. RESULTS: Using the framework of resilience, six themes that equipped these organizations to successfully adapt to funding changes were identified. They included: commitment to the mission, improvisation, community reciprocity, servant and transformational leadership, hope and optimism, and fiscal transparency. CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest that incorporating these qualities into an organizational system equips it to systematically adapt to funding changes and other disruptive challenges. Using resilience as a process and not simply an outcome after recovery, nonprofit organizations can have the capacity to continuously respond to challenges and provide uninterrupted and valuable services to society.
DOI https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-162303 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher IOS
Host/Issue WORK;2
Volume 54
ISSN 1051-9815
Pages 255-265
Language eng (iso)
Subject Resilience
nonprofit leadership
organizational adaptability
healthcare
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
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