Examining Collaboration Among Nonprofit Organizations for Social Responsibility Programs

Zeimers, Geraldine, Anagnostopoulos, Christos orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-7470-5191, Zintz, Thierry and Willem, Annick (2019) Examining Collaboration Among Nonprofit Organizations for Social Responsibility Programs. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 48 (5). pp. 953-974. ISSN 0899-7640

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Nonprofit organizations (NPOs) increasingly implement socially responsible programs to address their responsibilities toward society. While collaborations are a valuable means to tackle complex social issues, NPOs also similarly collaborate with other NPOs for delivering socially responsible programs. However, the motivations driving NPOs to collaborate with
likeminded organizations for socially responsible programs remain unclear. Using a single embedded in-depth case study research design, our purpose is to examine the formation of collaborations among sport federations and sport clubs for socially responsible programs. Reflecting the interplay between resource-based view and institutional perspectives, our
findings intrinsically indicate that partners demonstrate similarity in their motivations to collaborate due to their organizational fit, but with some key differences in the complementary resources they seek. Organizational legitimacy, and resource exchange needs for socially responsible programs are driving the collaboration rather than organizational survival needs. The potential to create social value makes this nonprofit collaboration form unique.

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