SemesterSpring Semester, 2021
DepartmentMA Program of Social Work, First Year PhD Program of Social Work, First Year MA Program of Social Work, Second Year PhD Program of Social Work, Second Year
Course NameSeminar on Nonprofit Organization Management
InstructorLIN YEI-WHEI
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule


Course schedule and assignments










Theories of NPOs (I): Conceptual definition and historical development

(Salamon and Anheier, 1992)



Theories of NPOs (II): Historical development

(Salamon and Anheier, 1998; Kuan et al, 2010)



The government-nonprofit relationship

(Jacklin-Jarvis, 2015; Young, 2000)

Management practice




(Oster, Ch. 2)



Membership (I): Board and leadership

(Oster, Ch. 6; Worth, Ch. 4)



Membership (II): Human resources and volunteer management

(Weisberg & Dent, 2016; Lee, 2019)



Money: Fundraising and financial accountability

(Worth, Ch. 11; Bekkers & Wiepking, 2011)



Market: Marketing and communication

(Worth, Ch. 11; Bennett, 2008)

* Take home essay submission



Measurement: Service accountability

(Worth, Ch. 6; Williams & Taylor, 2013)

    Special Topics



Advocacy and lobbying

(Arvidson et al., 2018; Steven & Pekkanen, 2012)



Social entrepreneurship

(Cheng, 2007; Kerlin, 2006)



Social entreprise in Taiwan

(Bidet. & Defourny, 2019; Wu et al., 2018)



COVID-19 and the nonprofit response

(Lachance, 2020; Maher et al., 2020)



Field visit to Nonprofit organization



The future of voluntary organization

(Ferris, 2016; von Schnurbein, 2018)






Final report submission

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant


Course requirements

(1) Class participation and weekly discussion questions: as a small seminar, class participation is vital to the success of this course. To this end, I will be keeping track of who comes to class and how much they contribute, which will be factored into the final grade. To help foster discussion, I would like you to email to me a set of questions each week that the reading raised for you, which might be useful for the class to discuss.


(2) One take-home essay exam: I will post the questions on a set date and you will have 120 hours to complete this essay. You can choose the period during which you would like to write the essay. When ready, you will need to log into the module system and click on the exam (under the testing tab) and I will be able to see when you have downloaded it. This means you should not download the exam until you are ready to take it, as the clock will be ticking from the time you first click on it.


(3) One short research paper: This paper is for you to develop your interest in a particular area of child welfare policy. The paper should be 12-15 pages long and examine an aspect of NPOs in another country (or countries) or otherwise, consider a Taiwanese NPO from a comparative perspective. Everyone should meet with me once during the semester to discuss their topic. We will discuss the paper on the first day of class and collectively set a due date. Detailed specifications about the paper (length, font, citations, etc.) have been posted with the module.


-- Discussion questions and class participation: 30%

-- One take-home exam: 20%

-- Research paper: 50%


Textbook & Reference


Book Chapters


Oster, S. M. (1995). Strategic management for nonprofit organizations: Theory and cases, Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Worth, M.J. (2014). Nonprofit Management: Principles and Practice. London: Sage.


Journal papers


Arvidson, M., Johansson, H. & Scaramuzzino, R. (2018). Advocacy Compromised: How Financial, Organizational and Institutional Factors Shape Advocacy Strategies of Civil Society Organizations. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 29(4), 844-856.


Bekkers, R., & Wiepking, P. (2011). Who gives? A literature review of predictors of charitable giving part one: Religion, education, age and socialisation. Voluntary Sector Review, 2(3), 337-365.


Bennett, R. (2008). Marketing of Voluntary Organizations as Contract Providers of National and Local Government Welfare Services in the UK. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 19(3), 268-295.


Bidet, E. & Defourny, J. (2019) “Introduction: The Rising Interest for Social Enterprise in Asia”, in Bidet, E. & Defourny, J. (eds) Social Enterprise in Asia – Theory, Models and Practice, New York and London: Routledge, pp. 1-13.


Cheng, S-F. (2007). The Conception of Social Enterprises. Policy Research, 7, 65-108.


Ferris, J. M. (2016). Is this a new golden age of philanthropy? an assessment of the changing landscape. Voluntary Sector Review, 7(3), 315-324.


Jacklin-Jarvis, C. (2015). Collaborating across sector boundaries: A story of tensions and dilemmas. Voluntary Sector Review, 6(3), 285-302.


Jou, Y-H., Huang, Y-Y., & Chen, H-N. (2005). Applying Relationship Marketing Strategies to Donors of Non-profit Organization: The Case of Social Welfare Charitable. Marketing Review, 2(1): 5-31.


Kerlin, J. A. (2006). Social Enterprise in the United States and Europe: Understanding and Learning from the Differences. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 17(3), 247-263.


Kuan, Y-Y., Duh, C-R., & Wang, S-T. (2010). A Portrait of the Distinguishing Features of Taiwan Nonprofit Sector: Data Analysis on the Partial Findings of a Nationwide Survey. Journal of Public Administration, 37, 111-151.


Lachance, E.L. (2020). COVID-19 and its Impact on Volunteering: Moving Towards Virtual Volunteering, Leisure Sciences, DOI: 10.1080/01490400.2020.1773990


Lee, Y-J. (2019). Variations in Volunteer Use among Human Service Organizations in the USA. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 30(1), 208-221.


Maher, C.S., Hoang, T. and Hindery, A. (2020). Fiscal Responses to COVID?19: Evidence from Local Governments and Nonprofits. Public Administration Review, 80: 644-650.


Salamon L.M., & Anheier, H.K. (1992). In search of the non-profit sector. I: The question of definitions. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 3, 125-151.


Salamon, L.M., & Anheier, H.K. (1998). Social origins of civil society: Explaining the nonprofit sector cross-nationally. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 9, 213-248.


Steven, R. S., & Pekkanen, R. (2012). Revisiting advocacy by non-profit organisations. Voluntary Sector Review, 3(1), 35-49.


von Schnurbein, G., Perez, M., & Gehringer, T. (2018). Nonprofit Comparative Research: Recent Agendas and Future Trends. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 29(3), 437-453.


Weisberg, M., & Dent, E. (2016). Meaning or money? non-profit employee satisfaction. Voluntary Sector Review, 7(3), 293-313.


Williams, A. P., & Taylor, J.A. (2013). Resolving Accountability Ambiguity in Nonprofit Organizations. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 24(3), 559-580.


Wu, Y.C., Wu, Y.J., & Wu, S.M. (2018). Development and Challenges of Social Enterprises in Taiwan—From the Perspective of Community Development. Sustainability, 10, 1797.


Young, D.R. (2000). Alternative models of government-nonprofit sector relations: Theoretical and international perspectives. Nonprofit and voluntary sector quarterly, 29, 149-172.


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