The gene of the individuals who choose to serve in the nonprofit sector

International Conference on Public Administration (ICPA)
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the International Conference on Public Administration, 2010, pp. 503 - 515
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It is well known that human resource is the core component in nonprofit organizations, for mission driven organizations relies on their employees to deliver the services that nonprofit stakeholders expect. The understanding of issue why do people or what sort of persons choose to work in nonprofit sector goes prior to the competitive strategies nonprofit organizations should adopt to enlist the desirable employees not only in quantity but in quality. The paper begins with an idea that the nonprofit sector shall have its own landscape of the individuals and their service motivations distinctive from those in the for-profit and public sectors, and then follows an argument that egoism is the other side of the nonprofit coin based on analysis at both organization-level and individual-level. Finally, different from the conventional framework such as dichotomy of extrinsic and intrinsic supported by many scholars, a new analytical matrix is advocated, which categorizes the gene of individual into four types, which would help to understand the real demands underneath the individuals option to work in nonprofit sector.
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