Organizational Development Dilemmas in Nonprofit Organizations in Difficult Economic Time.

Shani Kuna, Ronit Nadiv

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Despite the growing body of literature highlighting the uniqueness of nonprofit organizations, there is still a need for distinct professional knowledge about Organizational Development (OD) in this sector. This article attempts to address this gap by discussing key dilemmas faced by OD practitioners in the nonprofit sector in these times of world-wide economic recession: resource scarcity impediments to OD processes; OD practitioner over-involvement in the daily management of nonprofit organizations; OD practitioner ideological over-identification with client organizations. Finally, this article discusses implications for OD researchers and practitioners. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)62-71
Number of pages10
JournalOrganization Development Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Accession Number: 89175980; Kuna, Shani 1; Email Address:; Nadiv, Ronit 1; Email Address:; Affiliations: 1: Sapir Academic College, Israel; Issue Info: Summer2013, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p62; Thesaurus Term: Organizational change; Thesaurus Term: Nonprofit organizations; Thesaurus Term: Recessions; Thesaurus Term: Nonprofit sector; Thesaurus Term: Scarcity; Thesaurus Term: Cost effectiveness; Thesaurus Term: Leadership; Subject Term: Grants (Money); Author-Supplied Keyword: economic recession; Author-Supplied Keyword: nonprofit organizations; Author-Supplied Keyword: organizational development dilemmas; NAICS/Industry Codes: 813319 Other Social Advocacy Organizations; Number of Pages: 10p; Document Type: Article


  • Organizational change
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Recessions
  • Nonprofit sector
  • Scarcity
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Leadership
  • Grants (Money)
  • economic recession
  • nonprofit organizations
  • organizational development dilemmas


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