Nonprofits and business: toward a subfield of nonprofit studies

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Although the field of nonprofit studies now encompasses a substantial body of literature on the relationship between governmental and nonprofit organizations, the relationship between the business and nonprofit sectors has been less addressed by specialist nonprofit scholars. This Research Note aims to encourage further studies by nonprofit scholars of the business-nonprofit sector relationship. It looks at descriptive evidence to date, proposes a tentative resource-based framework for understanding how nonprofits and business relate to each other in practice and suggests some initial directions for developing a subfield within nonprofit studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)892-902
Number of pages11
JournalNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Issue number5
Early online date16 Jul 2012
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • nonprofit-business relations
  • CSR
  • nonprofit studies
  • business-nonprofit relations
  • business and nonprofits


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