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The impact of a changing policy environment on board members in small and medium-sized voluntary organisations

Metcalf, LJ (2019) The impact of a changing policy environment on board members in small and medium-sized voluntary organisations. Voluntary Sector Review: an international journal of third sector research, policy and practice, 10 (3). pp. 329-346. ISSN 2040-8056

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Abstract

This article examines the experiences of volunteers serving as board members in small and medium-sized voluntary organisations (VOs) in England. It considers the ways in which policy developments, including the outsourcing of public service delivery and austerity programmes, are impacting on this group of volunteers. Relatively little research has considered policy change from a board member perspective, despite their key role in organisational governance. The article draws upon qualitative interviews with individual board members. It shows that policy changes are contributing to an increasingly complex role for board members in small and medium-sized VOs. The policy environment impacts on board members both by driving more challenging organisational issues for the board and, in turn, by contributing to stress and a lack of confidence at an individual level. Recruitment, training and support mechanisms are not always adequate in meeting the needs of this specific group of volunteers within this context.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Voluntary Sector Review: an international journal of third sector research, policy and practice. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Voluntary Sector Review, Volume 10, Number 3, November 2019, pp. 329-346(18) is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1332/204080519X15736555179034
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management, 1605 Policy and Administration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Justice Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Policy Press
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2019 11:02
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 15:30
DOI or Identification number: 10.1332/204080519X15736555179034
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11769

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