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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Strategic Management in the Third Sector

ISBN 9780230336933
Publication Date June 2013
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Drawing on the unique academic and professional experience of its author, Strategic Management in the Third Sector provides a comprehensive introduction to the strategic development of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. Roger Courtney introduces students to the different ways of thinking about a third sector organisation and its external environment, including strategic thinking and analysis, and strategy formulation and implementation.

Key Features:

• Comprehensive case study coverage, focusing on a wide variety of non-profit organisations
• Provides genuine insight into the practical implications of managing in the third sector
• Identifies a wide range of strategic models and tools that are of value to the development of third sector organisations
• Considers the latest developments in social enterprise
• Written by a leading expert in the field

Strategic Management in the 3rd Sector is an essential text for all students of voluntary and third sector management, charity and social enterprise management, voluntary sector studies, charity management and public service management.

ROGER COURTNEY is a freelance consultant specialising in the Third Sector. He has worked locally, nationally and internationally as a freelance writer, lecturer and organisational development consultant in the Third and Cultural sectors, specialising in strategic planning, governance, leadership development, fundraising strategy, quality, human resource management and evaluation. He is the author of several books on the Third sector and in 1997 was awarded an MBE for his work with homeless people.

PART I: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE THIRD SECTOR An Introduction to Strategic Management in the Third Sector
The Growth and Development of the Third Sector
The Rise of Professional Management in the Third Sector
What is the Third Sector and how is it Different from Other Sectors
What is an Excellent Organization? the Attributes of Excellence School
Starting with People the Human Resource School
Post-modern Schools Perspectives on Strategy
PART III: STRATEGY AND THE THIRD SECTOR The Development of Strategic Management in the Third Sector
How to Measure Success
Is Strategic Management Effective
Strategic Analysis External
Strategy Formulation Creating the Plan
Strategic Formulation Basic Choices
Strategy Implementation


Roger Courtney has delivered a superb text which will be vital for all courses looking at strategic management issues in charities and other third sector organisations. Students have been waiting years for something like this.' - Professor Gareth Morgan, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
'The book provides a detailed and thought provoking analysis of the extent to which voluntary sector organizations can effectively implement strategic management practices within their workplaces. The text provides an excellent practical guide to students, academics, theorists and practitioners in exploring how strategic management techniques can enable voluntary sector organisations to fulfil their aims and objectives.' - Tristan Callaghan, St Mary's University College Twickenham, UK
'Roger Courtney's book is a key text for students of strategy in the voluntary or third sector. This welcome book is backed up with a wide range of up-dated examples and case studies from current practice. A succinct, easy to read summary of the key principles and theories relating to strategic management in the sector.' - Dr. Peter Grant, Lecturer in Voluntary Sector Management, City University, UK
'Courtney has furnished a much needed book which examines strategy in the third sector. It brings together a wide range of literature and will be an invaluable resource for both researchers and teachers.' - Professor Alex Murdock, Centre for Government and Charity Management, London South Bank University, UK
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