Each case uses a consistent framework that allows the reader to easily navigate them and make comparisons. Concluding Lessons Learned chapter provides a summary of the themes that emerge from the cases and gives the reader an outline of the practical dimensions involved in carrying out nonprofit innovations. Profiles an array of innovative nonprofit organizations from around the world that provides the reader with a balanced picture of the sector and show commonalities between cases that come from different countries, regions, and fields. Discussion questions at the end of each case ask the reader to reflect and analyze the innovation as well think creatively and initiate successful innovations themselves.

Social Innovations in Mature, Faith-Based, Social Service Nonprofit Organizations: Two German Case Studies

Social innovations in mature, faith-based, social service nonprofit organizations: Two german case studies
Björn Schmitz


The German landscape of nonprofit organizations is covered by a considerable number of organizations that were founded in the 19th century. From a lifecycle perspective (Greiner, 1972; Pümpin & Prange, 1991) these organizations can be perceived as being mature organizations. According to this, lifecycle theorists assume that mature organizations lack innovativeness. In addition, research on innovations in nonprofit organizations commonly neglects innovations in such old organizations, but instead focuses on younger organizations (see Schmitz & Scheuerle, 2012, for an exception). Sometimes even the founding act of a social venture is understood as an ...

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