How members of nonprofit boards of directors learn their roles and responsibilities: A case study

by Rhodes, Deborah L., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2014, 125 pages; 3616291

Abstract:

This qualitative case study explored the experiences of members of one nonprofit board to learn about how they acquired their knowledge of nonprofit organizational governance and the recommendations they would have for potential board members. For this board, emphasis was the connection to the mission and the intense selection/orientation meeting in which the history of the organization and the expectations of a board member are covered. Ongoing board training has been more informal and individually based with the Executive Director managing most training opportunities and some board members have paired themselves with other board members for mentorship. The board is self-described as well functioning with active participation even though many of the board members have no previous board experience. The primary conclusion is that board members must understand what is expected of them, have a solid connection with the mission of the organization, and be willing to do the work required, including seeking out mentorship from others on the board or outside educational opportunities. The organization should provide resources for technical skill learning and opportunities for the board members to learn either within or outside the structure of the boardroom meetings.

AdviserSteven Jeddeloh
SchoolCAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Public administration; Continuing education
Publication Number3616291

About ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
With nearly 4 million records, the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) Global database is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. It is the database of record for graduate research.

PQDT Global combines content from a range of the world's premier universities - from the Ivy League to the Russell Group. Of the nearly 4 million graduate works included in the database, ProQuest offers more than 2.5 million in full text formats. Of those, over 1.7 million are available in PDF format. More than 90,000 dissertations and theses are added to the database each year.

If you have questions, please feel free to visit the ProQuest Web site - http://www.proquest.com - or contact ProQuest Support.