An Expanded Theory of Pluralistic Interactions in Voluntary Nonprofit Organizations

An Expanded Theory of Pluralistic Interactions in Voluntary Nonprofit Organizations

Authors

  • J. Y . Weisinger
  • Paul F . Salipante

Published

Nonprofit Management & Leadership (Wiley), 2 ed., vol. 18, pp. 157-173, July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2008

Website

http:// www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117874645/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0

Abstract

Demographic trends suggest a more culturally diverse society, yet research focusing specifically on the management of this diversity in nonprofit organizations is at a nascent stage. Furthermore, traditional ways of conceptualizing cultural diversity in U.S. society are becoming outmoded. Thus, nonprofit managers and leaders can benefit from new ways of thinking about and managing diversity. In this article, we extend our proposed representationinteraction model of diversity in voluntaristic nonprofits (Weisinger and Salipante, 2005) by more closely examining the interaction prong of our model in order to provide a more grounded understanding of this new approach to increasing pluralism. The expanded model that we discuss here is founded on interaction processes: in-group identity and recategorization. This study enables us to transform our grounded theory into a theory of practices that leaders of voluntaristic organizations can directly apply. We present findings from a field study of a national nonprofit organization and discuss implications for practice and research.