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Strichman, Nancy Jill (2005) ADAPTIVE CAPACITY IN ISRAELI SOCIAL CHANGE NONPROFITS. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In order for nonprofit organizations to sustain themselves in today's environment, they need to continually learn from their experiences and adapt to changing circumstances. This 'adaptive capacity', considered one of the essential organizational capacities for enabling nonprofits to achieve their mission, requires nonprofits to act as 'learning organizations' and to use evaluation as a tool to enhance organizational learning and performance (Letts, Ryan & Grossman, 1999; Sussman, 2003). A theoretical framework for assessing a nonprofit's 'organizational readiness' to improve its adaptive capacity was developed and applied to ten social change nonprofits in Israel. In this descriptive cross sectional study, a questionnaire and individual interviews with staff and board members were used to gain insight into the nonprofits' work environments and learning cultures. The results demonstrate the utility of the conceptual framework while providing insight into the day-to-day realities of organizational life that help to shape the adaptive capacity of the ten nonprofits in the sample. Practical implications can be drawn regarding the development of capacity building strategies and possible focal points for the strengthening of adaptive capacity among social change nonprofits.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Strichman, Nancy
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBickel, W. Ebickel@pitt.eduBICKEL
Committee MemberMarshood,
Committee MemberKerr, Mary Margaretmmkerr@pitt.eduMMKERR
Committee MemberEichelberger, R. Tony
Committee MemberEngel, Rafaelengle@pitt.eduENGLE
Date: 15 December 2005
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 3 August 2005
Approval Date: 15 December 2005
Submission Date: 5 December 2005
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptive capacity; evaluation; israel; learning organizations; nonprofits
Other ID:, etd-12052005-152350
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:08
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:53


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