Nonprofit Management and Leadership

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Edited By: Mark A. Hager

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 35/47 (Public Administration); 156/192 (Management)

Online ISSN: 1542-7854

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NML Editor's Prize

This article was accepted by NML editor Duncan Neuhauser before Mark Hager was selected as his successor.

The editorial board of Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Jossey-Bass, and the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences are pleased to announce that the Editors’ Prize for Volume 25 has been awarded to Mark A. Hager and Jeffrey L. Brudney for their article “In Search of Strategy: Universalistic, Contingent, and Configurational Adoption of Volunteer Management Practices.”

The canon of volunteer administration contends that adoption of specified practices separates effective from ineffective programs. Alternatively, structural contingency and strategic human resource management theories suggest that managers make adoption decisions based on how organizational circumstances dictate the applicability or efficacy of particular practices. We test propositions that universalistic adoption of “best practices,” contingent adoption of practices, and configurational adoption of bundles of practices are associated with program outcomes of recruitment ease, retention of volunteers, and the net benefits that volunteers bring to organizational operations. With all sets of tests garnering limited empirical support, we conclude that human resource practice in volunteer administration is loosely coupled with outcomes, but that some organizations do—and many more should—manage according to the singular context of their institutional and external environments.

MARK A. HAGER is associate professor of nonprofit leadership and management in the School of Community Resources & Development at Arizona State University. He has been Editor of Nonprofit Management & Leadership since January 2015. This article was reviewed and accepted before he was selected for the editorial role, and neither he nor his co-author had any knowledge or input to the final selection outcome.

JEFFREY L. BRUDNEY is the Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He has received awards and honors for his scholarship, mentoring, and service, including the Award for Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research (formerly called the Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement) from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

The Editors’ Prize is awarded annually for the best paper published in NML during the preceding subscription year. Winners receive a $1,000 cash prize courtesy of the Case Western Reserve University and $1,000 in books from Jossey-Bass.

Winners are selected by the members of NML’s editorial board. Criteria are based on the article’s contribution to knowledge in the field of nonprofit management, the quality of the writing and analysis, and the usefulness of the information for the practice of nonprofit management and leadership.

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