Understanding Conflict in Multisite Nonprofit Organizations

Authors

  • Seth J. Meyer Bridgewater State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20899/jpna.7.1.108-128

Keywords:

Nonprofit Organizations, Conflict, Organizational Behavior, Multisite Nonprofit Organizations

Abstract

Due to distance, Multisite Nonprofit Organizations (MNOs) experience conflicts that differentiate them from organizations with only a single site. Through a qualitative analysis of interviews with 25 professionals and volunteers in a national disease-specific nonprofit, in this study I explore the conflicts that arise between headquarters and affiliate offices in MNOs. The findings reveal that some conflicts are likely unique to this particular type of nonprofit. However, other conflicts are likely representative of those experienced in MNOs more broadly. I, therefore, propose strategies for managing these conflicts.

Author Biography

Seth J. Meyer, Bridgewater State University

Seth J. Meyer is an Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management in the Department of Political Science at Bridgewater State University. His research focuses on the organizational behavior of multisite nonprofit organizations as well as work on social equity.

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Published

2021-04-01

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Research Articles