School of Business

Non-profit Institutions

Co-leads: Dr Tania Arrieta and Dr Wen Wang

The research grouping on non-profit institutions will focus on the development and dissemination of knowledge related to the changing nature of not-for-profit organisations, the challenges they face, opportunities for the improvement, and implications for workers (including employees and volunteers). Our research will not only focus on the assessment of recent events but also understand how ongoing restructuring driven by business like transformation has shaped these institutions’ practices and unintended consequences. We expect to work with a range of stakeholders, including Government Departments (e.g., Cabinet Office, DWP, local government, the NHS, social care, and police services), the third sector and social enterprises through collaborations and scholarly activities, as well as other institutions such as Trade Unions and the Chamber of Commerce. 



Currie, D., McCracken, M. and Venter, K. (2022) Avoiding the Vicious Cycle, Engendering the Virtuous Circle: Understanding the Interaction of human, social and organizational capitals in Non-Profit Organizations. Journal of Business Research, 152: 17-28.

Venter, K. (2022) Betwixt and Between: The Invisible Experiences of Volunteers’ body work. Work, Employment and Society, 36(5): 911-927

Baines, D., Cunningham, I., James, P. and Roy, C. (2021) Privatizing the sacrifice: individualized funding, austerity and precarity in the voluntary sector in Australia and Scotland. In S. McBride, B. Evans and D. Plehwe (Ed.), The Changing Politics and Policy of Austerity. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 82 -102. (Book Chapter)

Cunningham, I., Lindsay, C., and Roy, C. (2021) Diaries from the front line - Formal supervision and job quality among social care workers during austerity. Human Resource Management Journal, 31(1): 187-201.

Wang, W. and Seifert, R. (2022) The end of meaningful work in charities? A case study of ethics in employee relations, Journal of Business Ethics, 181(1): 1-14.

Wang W., Bamber, M., Flynn, M; and McCormack. J., (2023). The Next Mission: Inequality and Service-to- civilian Career Transition Outcomes among 50+ Military Leavers, Human Resource Management Journal, 33 (2), 452-469

Tamassy, R., Gering, Zs., Kiraly, G., Plugor, R. and Rakovics, M. (2023) The portrayal of the role and agency of students and higher education institutions in highly ranked business school discourses. Journal of International Education in Business. Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

Foureaux Koppensteiner, M., Matheson, J. and Plugor, R. (2023) Improving access to support services for victims of domestic violence: demand for services and victim outcomes. Forthcoming in American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.

Wang, W. and Seifert, R. (2020) BAME staff and public service motivation: the mediating role of perceived fairness in English local government, Journal of Business Ethics, 161(3): 653-664.

Arrieta, T. (2022) 'An assessment of the resilience of local government in England: was it well-equipped to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic? The Political Quarterly, 93(3): 408-415.

Arrieta, T. (2022) 'Austerity in the UK and its legacy: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic', Economic and Labour Relations Review, 33(2): 238-255.

Selected events

  • Participation in the Festival of Science (FoSs) 2023-24 with our project ‘You Need to See This: Realities of Public Service Work Today’. Project funded by the ESCR Impact Accelerator Account.
  • Two knowledge-exchange events with medical doctors in November 2023 and February 2024 (Funded by the British Academy).
  • One Policy Dialogue Day with Senior Leaders from NHS Trusts, Health Education England, GMC, etc. This event will be in Aril/May in 2024 (Funded by IAA ESRC).

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