Understanding denominational structures: churches as franchise organizations
One of the most complex, yet least-analyzed, organizational relationships is that between a religious denomination and its member congregations. This study maintains that denominational-congregational relationships in US Christian churches can be informed by the franchise model of organizations. It is argued that it is possible to envision a continuum of church organizational structures, ranging from a branch office, through various forms of franchise arrangements (including company owned, business format, and trademark franchises) to freestanding entrepreneurial units. By studying those situations where the franchise model explains denominational behavior, and contrasting them with those situations where the franchise model is not a good fit, we can learn more about denominational structures.
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Volume (Year): 10 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
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