Management of Non-profit Organizations (EMNO) 693

Management of Non-profit Organizations

EEIM 665

Delivery Mode: Online

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Phase 1 of the MBA program before taking this course.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

Program: Master of Business Administration

Manager: Aris Solomon, PhD

Course Overview

This online elective is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of a number of key management concepts as they are applied in the context of non-profit organizations—a unique area for the professional practice of leadership and management.

This course provides a perspective of non-profit structures, regulations, management, and leadership—including challenges and sources of failure—not found elsewhere in the AU MBA curriculum. Students will become familiar with non-profit management topics, including the current issues and trends for professionals in this sector, and will compare and contrast how similar management concepts are applied in non-profit and for-profit settings. Students will also learn to analyze and assess best practices in non-profit management, and to appreciate current controversies and areas of debate.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • analyze, compare, and contrast definitions, contexts, rationales, and drivers for non-profit management approaches
  • evaluate non-profit management in comparison to external accountability frameworks and developing legal and regulatory systems
  • critically evaluate methods for successful non-profit management and oversight
  • identify sources of failure.

Course Outline

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Non-profit management: what is it?
  • The legal context
  • Human resources and leadership
  • Managing relationships: community and government
  • Strategy and success in non-profits
  • Managing expectations and accountability
  • Non-profit finance and funding
  • Issues in non-profit management and organizational failure

Student Evaluation

Your grade will be based on the successful completion of three individual assignments and on your participation in moderated group discussions.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.