Economics of non-profit organisations
- Study programme and level:The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle)
- 2nd year
- 5 ECTS
- Course type: Elective course
- Lectures: 20
- Seminar: 20
- Other forms of study: 20
- Individual work: 90
- Lecturer: Stanka Setnikar Cankar, PhD
1. Objectives and competences
- identifies and break downs socio-economic roles of non-profit organisations,
- devises the specificalities of functioning and decision-making processes in third sector organisations,
- appraises the alternative techniques of fund-raising in non-profit organisations,
- applies and interpretes the advanced tools of managerial economics with the purpose of decision-making in non-profit organisations.
- to understand the importance and trends in non-profit sector functioning in order to promote individual initiatives in professional work,
- to place in the context tools and techniques of non-profit managerial economics as necessary foundation to perform research work in the field,
- to criticaly evaluate problems in non-profit goods and services delivery in order to reflect practice,
- to marry theory and practice in preparation and implementation of strategic and operational decisions with the purpose of new knowledge development,
- to place in the context alternative mechanisms of non-profit fund-raising.
2. Content (Syllabus outline)
- Definition, nature and functions of the non-profit (third) sector in the context of three-sector economy
- Trends in development of non-profit sector
- Contemporary theories of non-profit sector activities
- Functioning of the non-profit sector
- Concept of non-profit economy
- Foundation, goals, autonomy and isomorphism of non-profit organisations
- Financing and commercialisation of non-profit organisations and activities; economics of grants
- Managerial economics in non-profit organisations
- Risk management in non-profit organisations
- Non-profit organisations and non-market environment; regulatory framework of non-profit activity
- Pestoff, V. in Brandsen, T.: Co-production: The Third Sector and Delivery of Public Services. Routledge, 2009. 136 str.
- Jegers, M.: Managerial Economics of Non-profit Organizations. Abingdon: Routledge, 2008. Poglavja 1–7 (90 str.).
- Gunn, C.: Third-Sector Development. Cornell University, 2004. Poglavja 1–3 in 11–12 (80 str.)
- Ott, J.S. (ur.): The Nature of the Nonprofit Sector. Boulder: Westview Press, 2001. Poglavja 13–14 in 30–35 (85 str.).
4. Intended learning outcomes
Student understands problems and trends that contemporary non-profit organisations face and is equiped with abilities to perform the research in the field of non-profit economics; is able to identify and resolve practical problems of non-profit organisations in order to promote socio-economic advancement of those organisations; is able to analyse professional and scientific questions as well as to produce new ideas in the field of non-profit economy and third sector economics at the end of period of learning.
5. Learning and teaching methods
- Lectures and seminars in class room; individual study and research work of students.
- Lectures – contemporary topics in theory and practice of economics and functioning of non-profit organisations.
- Seminars – students present topics and results of applied research work.
- Other – preparation of basic or applied research paper dealing with relevant and contemporary topic/problem in non-profit economics.
- Individual study for the exam.
Research paper preparation and presentation - 50%
Written and/or oral exam - 50%