A Preliminary Analysis of Learning Processes for Innovation in Member-Serving Nonprofit Organizations: The Role of Governance Structure and its Elements – Shared Knowledge, Decision Making and Benefit Sharing
Very little research today has investigated the role of governance structure and three of its elements: shared knowledge, decision making and benefit sharing, in learning processes for innovation in member-serving nonprofit organizations (MSNPOs). This research project aims to develop a theory suggesting that the above elements play a significant role in the learning processes that leads to innovation in MSNPOs. Using qualitative in-depth semi-structured interviews with 12 serving members from 10 MSNPOs in Australia, this project examines how governance structure and three of its elements support learning processes for innovation in the organizations. The study helps to build a nascent body of literature linking governance structure and its three elements, and strategic innovation in MSNPOs.
||Innovative Learning Processes, Member-Serving Nonprofit Organizations (MSNPOs), Governance Structure, Knowledge, Decision Making, Benefit Sharing
The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp.1-16.
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Senior Lecturer, School of Management & Marketing, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Eric Kong is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Management
& Marketing, University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
He completed his PhD in Strategic Management at Monash
University, Australia. He also holds a Master of Science in
Quality Management from the University of Paisley, United
Kingdom and a Postgraduate Diploma in Training from the
University of Leicester, United Kingdom. Prior to joining
the academia, Eric worked in Human Resources and Training &
Development in the private sector for 10 years. His current
research interests include intellectual capital, knowledge
management, non-profit management, strategic management and
governance. Eric is a member of Academy of Management (AOM)
and Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Lecturer, School of Commerce, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Wagga Wagga, Australia
Stacey is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Business at CSU. She graduated from Southern Cross University with a Bachelor of Business degree and has a Master of Human Resource Management and a Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching from Charles Sturt University. She is currently undertaking her PhD which is titled work-life balance practices and organizational determinants in Australian small businesses. Prior to commencing in her present role at CSU Stacey worked as a National Human Resources Manager in private practice. The industries in which she has held generalist HR positions domestically include corrections, detentions, manufacturing and hospitality. She has also worked as an Industrial Advocate. Internationally she has worked in the tourism and hospitality industry in the USA and Canada. She was made a NSW Justice of the Peace in 1999.
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Commerce, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Wagga Wagga, Australia
David Ardagh is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Human
Resource Management at the School of Business, Charles
Sturt University. He previously taught Ethics and Businss
Ethics at several universities in the U.S.
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