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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I do not see this factor as important for explaining GA complexity because , by definition , a GA does not usually have a paid professional executive . Presence of the latter would move the group into the paid - staff nonprofit category ...
Often , these GАs want to expand and accomplish still more externally , and they see increasing complexity as a means to such ends . Such increased complexity also can make possible external grants or contracts .
reduction in member commitment and participation , which in turn might require more professionalization and other aspects of complexity ( Wertheim , 1976 ) . Thus , there is a zero - sum game here for GAs in which they cannot have ...
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