Checking in on the State of Nonprofit Scholarship: A Review of Recent Research

Authors

  • Honey Minkowitz North Carolina State University
  • Akua Twumasi North Carolina State University
  • Jessica L. Berrett University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Xintong Chen North Carolina State University
  • Amanda J. Stewart North Carolina State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20899/jpna.6.2.182-208

Keywords:

Nonprofit Research, Literature Review, Research Trends

Abstract

The complexity and diversity of the nonprofit sector provides a rich landscape for academic scholarship; and, growing numbers of nonprofit scholars and their associated research publications have established the field of nonprofit research. Yet, it is unclear if this research has been applied appropriately to the evolving landscape of the sector. Although literature reviews have helped us to understand the status of academic scholarship in the field of nonprofit research, these reviews have primarily focused on particular topics without considering the field as a whole. Thus, in this study we review all contemporary nonprofit scholarship (n=972) from three prominent nonprofit journals. The review documents the development of nonprofit research as presented in these journals over the last five years and offers recommendations for future research consideration.

Author Biographies

Honey Minkowitz, North Carolina State University

Honey Minkowitz is a PhD student at North Carolina State University in the Department of Public Administration within the School of Public and International Affairs. Her research interests relate to social equity, collaborative governance, and conflict. She received her masters degree in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University and her MPA from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany—SUNY.

Akua Twumasi, North Carolina State University

Akua Twumasi is a PhD student in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University. She is an instructor for the Department of Public Administration. Her research interests are in nongovernmental organization (NGO) leadership and management. Akua received her masters degree at Mississippi State University and her undergraduate degree at the University of Ghana in Ghana.

Jessica L. Berrett, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Jessica L. Berrett is an Assistant Professor  at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in the School of Public Affairs. Her research focuses on nonprofit financial and performance management. She received her PhD in public administration from North Carolina State University.

Xintong Chen, North Carolina State University

Xintong Chen is a PhD candidate in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University. Her research interest is in nonprofit management. Xintong received her masters degree at Columbia University. She received her undergraduate degree at Hebei University of Technology.

Amanda J. Stewart, North Carolina State University

Amanda J. Stewart is an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University in the Department of Public Administration within the School of Public and International Affairs. Her research focuses on nonprofit organizations, including leadership continuity, career development, and organizational capacity. Amanda received her Ph.D. in public administration from American University.

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Published

2020-08-01

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