8th Workshop on the Challenges of Managing the Third Sector, Galway (Ireland), 9-10 june 2011, call for papers until 3 march

The Third Sector - such as the voluntary, charitable, financial co-operative, religious, health and educational organisations which sit outside the confines of the private (‘profit’) and public sectors - is facing a rapidly changing environment which challenges its efficient management and continuation. This research workshop seeks to examine current influences on the effective operation of these non-profit organisations. We are interested in high quality research papers which address the managerial challenges facing this sector. The organisers are particularly interested in the results of managerial, economic and inter-disciplinary approaches.

This workshop will be of interest to researchers active in this area but also to policy-makers, senior managers and practitioners from all disciplines.

Call for papers : Submission of full papers: Thursday, 3 March 2011

The purpose of the workshop 'The challenges of managing the third sector' is to present and discuss in a stimulating academic environment high quality research papers exploring contemporary challenges in managing all kinds of non profit organisations (NPOs).

Topics of potential interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Policy constraints on managing NPOs
  • Financial constraints and fundraising in NPOs
  • The role and managerial challenges of NPOs in transition countries
  • Ethical issues versus commercialisation of NPOs & commodification of their services
  • The partnership between NPOs and business firms: sponsoring, strategic alliances and cause-related marketing
  • The partnership between NPOs and public organisations: joined-up planning and delivery in the transformation of public welfare
  • Social entrepreneurship and the emergence of social enterprises
  • Reason and consequences of the introduction of private sector managerial techniques in NPOs
  • Engaging, organizing and managing people in NPOs
  • The role of accounting and financial measures in the Third Sector
  • Vision, strategy making and strategizing in the Third Sector
  • Marketing management in the Third Sector
  • Inter-disciplinary approaches to interpret the challenges of the Third Sector

    There are no particular paper requirements, but they should not be too long (preferably 8,000 words).