Structural Isomorphism in Australian Nonprofit Organisations

Leiter, Jeffrey (2005) Structural Isomorphism in Australian Nonprofit Organisations. [Working Paper]


This paper assesses the extent of structural similarity or isomorphism among non-profit organizations in Australia. Based on neo-institutional theory, the paper explains such isomorphism in terms of these organizations’ subordination and dependency, the uncertainties they face, and the networks of experts of which they are a part. The analysis uses the non-profit component of a 2001-2002 random sample of Australian employment organizations. It finds surprisingly little isomorphism in this subsample and few differences in isomorphism according to the level of the factors thought to produce similarity. The discussion of the findings focuses on the suitability of the non-profit sector as the appropriate organizational field within which isomorphism involving these organizations is likely to be produced. Industries, which include all organizations that produce the same product or service, be they non-profit, for-profit, or government, may be more appropriate interactional fields for the development of isomorphism

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ID Code: 4460
Item Type: Working Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: isomorphism, non, profit, organizations, structural isomorphism
ISBN: 1741070929
ISSN: 1447-1213
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 QUT
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2013 12:39

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