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Private Sector Strategies for Social Sector Success: The Guide to Strategy and Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Private Sector Strategies for Social Sector Success: The Guide to Strategy and Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Kevin P. Kearns

ISBN: 978-0-787-94189-5

May 2000, Jossey-Bass

384 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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This practical guide offers a realistic approach to strategic management, while borrowing from the most helpful and relevant business ideas, allows the public or nonprofit organization to achieve success without compromising its unique mission or constituency. Executives, managers, and policymakers will find key principles for everyday application, including how to: identify trends that will most affect programs and services; assess the organization's core strengths and competencies; select strategies that advance the mission while building operational success; explore opportunities for collaborations with other organizations; and encourage a culture of strategic thought and action.

Throughout this innovative guide, there are numerous illustrations and examples of how to apply the most appropriate technique to a particular need or goal. At last, public and nonprofit organizations have a real-world guide to finding lasting success.

1. Embracing New Challenges and Opportunities: Strategic Management in Government and Nonprofit Organizations.

2. Understanding Three Models of Strategy Formulation.

3. Using Environmental Scanning to Track TrAnds and Prospects.

4. Analyzing Your Organization's Portfolio.


5. Growth Strategies.

6. Retrenchment Strategies.

7. Stability Strategies.

8. Collaborative Strategies.


9. Implementing Strategic Decisions.

Conclusion: Balancing Politics and Strategy.
"Kevin Kearns provides a well-structured overview of fundamental strategic options that leaders need to consider in shaping the destiny of their organizations and of individual programs and services. He offers busy nonprofit executives a practical, readable, and useful framework for strategic thinking." (Margaret Tyndall, chief executive officer, YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh)

"Kearns has demystified strategic planning in the private sector and made its best attributes useful to public and nonprofit organizations. Private Sector Strategies for Social Sector Success will help public and nonprofit officials better serve citizens and clients in the increasingly competitive marketplace." (William Dodge, executive director, National Association of Regional Councils, and author of Regional Excellence)

"This is a first-rate book, a truly useful guide. Kearns presents a comprehensive, highly readable, and practical approach to thinking and acting strategically about critical issues facing public and nonprofit organizations." (Thomas J. Pavlak, associate director, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia)

"The National Alliance for Nonprofit Management has presented the 2001 Terry McAdam Book Award for the best book about nonprofit organizations published in 2000-01 to Kevin Kearns for Private Sector Strategies for Social Sector Success." (Chronicle of Philanthropy, May 2, 2002)