Author ORCID Identifier

Duncan J. Mayer

Robert L. Fischer

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-6-2023

Abstract

The organizational niche is a concept integral to organizational ecology, reflecting an organization’s mission, expertise, capacity, and resource requirements. The choice of niche is crucial to the viability of the organization; however, the reasons organizations alter their niche are poorly understood. We hypothesize that nonprofit organizations alter their niche to reduce environmental pressure and gain access to resources. The results indicate that niche alteration predicts increases in total revenue with average increases in revenue from program services and contributions (depending on the measure). Additionally, nonprofits that are younger, larger, and have more concentrated revenue, are more likely to alter their niche.

Keywords

organizational ecology, organizational niche, NTEE codes, revenue, nonprofit organizations

Publication Title

Administration & Society

Volume

55

Issue

5

First Page

982

Last Page

1006

Rights

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Comments

This is a peer reviewed Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Sage in Administration & Society, available at: 10.1177/00953997231165255

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