SAGE Publications, 2000 M05 11 - 342 páginas
Grassroots Associations is a comprehensive review and critique of empirical and theoretical research on grassroots, nonprofit and voluntary organizations.
David Horton Smith examines in depth the distinctive nature and characteristics of a previously under-studied area which includes such groups as Alchoholics Anonymous, community-environmental action committees and church Bible study groups. He addresses: group formation, structure, process, leadership, and life cycle change; effectiveness; the influence such associations have on society; the future of grassroots associations, which he sees as integral to a postmodern society moving towards participatory democracy, self-determinism and individual choice.
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Choice of Member Benefit Versus Nonmember Benefit Goals Perrow ( 1961 ) made an important distinction between official goals and operative goals in organizations . The operative goals are the ones that the organization structure and ...
Most GAs have member benefit goals , whereas most paid - staff VGs have nonmember benefit goals . In a stratified sample of ... He also notes , “ Smaller groups have an enormous advantage in adapting to a more fluid social environment .
In sum , I hypothesize that group founders tend to form GAs partly because they have numerous other GAs as models in the same and other places that focus on member benefit goals . GAs seem to be the " right ” type of group form for ...
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