ISR Seminar Series: Can Non-Profit Organisations ever be Democratic?

11th Feb 2020, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Dr Daniel King, Nottingham Trent University

As agents for good, we assume non-profits, charities and pressure groups should be democratic. Does it matter if they are not?

What are the consequences for a lack of democracy and collective decision-making in non-profits?

If we expect non-profits to be democratic, are we holding them to a higher standard than profit making firms? Does this matter?

Dr Daniel King explores this controversial issue, suggesting that a blend of collective decision-making and strategic leadership might be the way forward.

Dr Daniel King is Professor of Organization Studies at Nottingham Trent University, UK and co-director of the Centre for People, Work and Organizational Practice. Dr King’s research focuses on three main, inter¬connected areas: the contribution critical perspectives of management can make to transforming organizational practice; alternative organizations and alternative ways of organizing; and critical perspectives of managing in the Third Sector.

He has published in Organization Research Methods, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Management Learning and Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Daniel reviews for a number of leading journals and is an editorial board member and Deputy Chair for Work Employment and Society and co-series editor of Organizations and Activism, Bristol University Press. He has recently written an undergraduate textbook Organizational Behaviour 3rd Edition, with Scott Lawley (Oxford University Press).


  • 1.00pm – Registration and refreshments
  • 1.15pm – Event start
  • 2.30pm – Networking

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