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Understanding Nonprofit Work - A Communication Perspective


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Table of Contents

Preface vii

About the Authors x

Acknowledgments xi

1 Developing a Communication Perspective on the Nonprofit 1
Matthew A. Koschmann and Matthew L. Sanders

2 Communicative L-M-G: Leadership, Management, and Governance 29
Matthew A. Koschmann

3 The Marketization of Nonprofit Work 53
Matthew L. Sanders

4 Collabrocation: Thinking Communicatively about Collaboration 77
Matthew A. Koschmann

5 Meaningful Work and the Nonprofit 109
Matthew L. Sanders

6 International Nonprofit Work 137
Matthew A. Koschmann

Conclusion: Understanding What it Means to be Nonprofit 159
Matthew A. Koschmann and Matthew L. Sanders

Index 169

About the Author

MATTHEW A. KOSCHMANN is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on organizational communication and collaboration, especially in the civil society sector. His work has been published in numerous scholarly outlets such as Management Communication Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Social Science, and the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction; plus, his research has been funded by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation. Professor Koschmann teaches classes on organizational communication, leadership communication, group interaction, persuasion, conversation, and research methods. He is also a Fulbright scholar and worked as a visiting research professor at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. MATTHEW L. SANDERS is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Utah State University. His research focuses on communication and nonprofit organizations. He also writes about communication and teaching. His research has been published in scholarly outlets such as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Management Communication Quarterly, The Review of Communication, Organization, and The Review of Communication. He is also the author of Becoming a Learner: Realizing the Opportunity of Education, and Studying Communication: An Invitation to Purposeful Learning. Professor Sanders teaches classes on organizational communication, nonprofits and social change, leadership, interpersonal communication, qualitative research methods, and communication pedagogy. In 2018 he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Western States Communication Association.


"It is an essential addition to the existing literature, as it expands the currently limited work that combines communication and nonprofits." - Voluntas (2021) 32:1184-1185, March 2021

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