Grassroots Associations is a comprehensive review and critique of empirical and theoretical research on grassroots, nonprofit and voluntary organizations.
David Horton Smith examines in depth the distinctive nature and characteristics of a previously under-studied area which includes such groups as Alchoholics Anonymous, community-environmental action committees and church Bible study groups. He addresses: group formation, structure, process, leadership, and life cycle change; effectiveness; the influence such associations have on society; the future of grassroots associations, which he sees as integral to a postmodern society moving towards participatory democracy, self-determinism and individual choice.
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Walker ( 1983 ) argues that strategic management should not be borrowed from
business management and applied to VGs because it often is inappropriate .
Salipante and Golden - Biddle ( 1995 ) similarly argue that VG leaders should not
He argues that an association ' s performance ( impact ) is proportional to the
total utility ( satisfaction ) generated within the association , including both
egoistic satisfaction and altruistic satisfaction . This model needs independent
testing on a ...
... nations , there should be much more effort to integrate VG research from such
countries with VG research in developed nations . The powerful impact of
indigenous GAs on sustained development in developing nations also argues ...
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