CFP – chapters for a case study book exploring communication and organizational issues in nonprofit and volunteer contexts
Jennifer Mize Smith, Western Kentucky University, Department of Communication
Michael W. Kramer, University of Oklahoma, Department of Communication
This book proposal has been accepted by Peter Lang Publishing
Objective of the Book:
The purpose of this book is to provide empirically-based case studies that will compliment any number of other course materials, such as nonprofit textbooks or journal articles, used by teachers and scholars of nonprofit and volunteer studies. Few of our current resources (books, texts, handbooks) address the micro-level, data-based analysis of communication and other organizational issues in nonprofit, volunteer, and philanthropic contexts. Each chapter will present a case that illustrates one or more issues related to nonprofit organizations and their stakeholders (i.e., managers, staff, boards, volunteers, donors, and service recipients). Cases should also address a broader conceptual or theoretical issue/framework of organizational studies.
Each case should have an open ending, followed by a series of 6-8 discussion questions proposed from at least two different theoretical/conceptual frameworks to encourage students to explore the case from multiple perspectives. Questions should be designed to help students critically think about the particular nonprofit context, the organizational issues presented, the ways in which those issues could be addressed, whose interests are served, and potential consequences for the organization and its various stakeholders.
Contributors should consider a range of communication and organizational issues that address one or more nonprofit stakeholder groups, including NPO managers, staff, boards, volunteers, donors, and service recipients. Topics may include but are not limited to the following:
Identity and Identification
Recruitment, Training, and Retention
Stress, Burnout, and Turnover
NPO Relationships and Collaborations
Marketing and Fundraising
Marketization and Professionalism
Newcomers and Socialization
Conflict, Voice, and Dissent
Supervision and Leadership
Role Negotiation, Uncertainty, and Expectations
Corporate Partnerships, and Strategic Philanthropy
Staffing and Career Development
Mission, Mission Drift, and Founders Syndrome
This edited book will present contributed case study chapters focusing on communication and other organizational issues in a nonprofit and volunteer context. We seek case studies that are research based, focused on nonprofit-related issues, and open ended to allow for critical discussion. We invite interdisciplinary work that seeks to combine communication perspectives with other disciplinary knowledge.
For consideration, authors should submit an open-ended case study based on empirical research that is 2000-2500 words in length (not including title page). In the initial draft, authors should also propose 6-8 discussion questions employing at least two different theoretical/conceptual frameworks. In the submission email, authors should include a brief description of the research conducted that formed the basis of the case study. The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 14, 2014.
Submissions will be peer reviewed and decisions about inclusion in the book will be made in early April. Selected authors will be expected to produce a final draft with any requested revisions by June 1, 2014.
Inquiries may be addressed to either editor. Submissions should be forwarded electronically (Microsoft Word document) to: Jennifer Mize Smith.