Volunteer and coordinator perspectives on managing women volunteers

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Journal Article
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Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 2004, 15 (2), pp. 205 - 219
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2004-01-01
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Recent changes in Australia, such as the new public management and national competition policy, have affected the way that human services are provided and have complicated the role of volunteer coordinators. However, because volunteers are free to choose their level of contribution, it is the volunteers’ perspective that is the ultimate yardstick against which their coordination is assessed. The aim of the research examined here was a deeper understanding of women volunteers’ and their coordinators’ views of their work. The research was conducted within a qualitative paradigm, employing individual and focus group interviews. The analysis identified eight areas of concern for volunteers around their management. The analysis of the coordinators’ interviews revealed three coordination styles-horizontal, nurturing, and managerial-of which the managerial was most in conflict with the volunteers’ perspective. © Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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