Parsons E & Broadbridge A (2004) Managing Change in Nonprofit Organizations: Insights from the UK Charity Retail Sector. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 15 (3), pp. 227-243. https://doi.org/10.1023/B%3AVOLU.0000046279.46964.b5
Moves toward increased professionalism are now an almost taken-for-granted aspect of change across the nonprofit sector both in the United States and in the United Kingdom. This paper uses the case of UK charity retail to explore the impacts of this move to professionalism, on managers at the local level. In doing so it seeks to develop appropriate techniques for managing change both in charity retail and more broadly, in nonprofit organizations per se. The professionalization of charities' trading activities has resulted in a series of changes at the local level; these include the introduction of new forms of staff, changes to policies regarding the sourcing, pricing, and presentation of stock, and an increased emphasis on sales targets, league tables, and incentive schemes designed to motivate managers to increase sales. These policies set at head office level have had significant impact on the day-to-day working experiences of branch managers. This paper explores managers' reactions to these changes and examines the extent to which such policies could be said to be successful. To conclude, recommendations are made as to the most appropriate approaches to professionalizing charity retail operations. These conclusions are broadened to offer insights into appropriate techniques for managing change in nonprofit organizations.
Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations: Volume 15, Issue 3