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A micro-economic perspective on manager selection in nonprofit organizations

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  • Caers, Ralf
  • Du Bois, Cindy
  • Jegers, Marc
  • De Gieter, Sara
  • De Cooman, Rein
  • Pepermans, Roland
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    This paper recognizes that individuals working in the nonprofit sector can have different motives and investigates which type of manager nonprofit organizations should best employ. It first considers a situation in which the manager is allowed to attract only one employee and later extends the analysis to a situation in which up to three employees can be employed. Analyses mark the importance of a strong commitment to the organization's mission and caution for both a strong self-interest and a strong devotion to the well-being of the clients. Managers with a moderate interest in their own objectives can nevertheless be valuable to the organization. The paper also marks why managers should avoid similar-to-me biases in the selection process and investigates the effects of an increased work pressure on the behavior of the managers and on the attainment of the organizational goals.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Journal of Operational Research.

    Volume (Year): 192 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 173-197

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:192:y:2009:i:1:p:173-197

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    Keywords: Economics Simulation Nonprofit Combinatorial optimization;

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