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Managing Social Purpose Driven Organizations Looking at the Third Sector by Beng Geok Wee

Managing Social Purpose Driven Organizations Looking at the Third Sector

Part of the Routledge Advances in Management and Business Studies Series


Managing Social Purpose Driven Organizations Looking at the Third Sector by Beng Geok Wee

The book examines the management of social purpose driven organizations in an Asian context, using the case study approach. It looks at these organizations during a period of major changes in the regulatory and governance environment for charities in Singapore. The focus is on how these changes impact the organizational and management issues confronting several charities and volunteer welfare organizations, an arts enterprise, a co-operative and a non-governmental organization in international disaster relief. Although diverse, the common denominator among these organizations is their commitment to a core social purpose. Issues examined include: organizational restructuring, crisis management, organizational change management, social entrepreneurship and organizational sustainability. The book adopts a systemic perspective in examining the challenges of managing organizations that are neither state-owned nor private enterprises, and in particular, the interrelationships between contexts, actions and outcomes and their impact on the organizations, their stakeholders and external environments.


`There are critical differences between the management of profit-driven enterprises and those that prioritise social good, and yet there are few books that attempt to explicate them, particularly in the Asian context. This volume fills an important gap in the literature by making these differences clear. The case studies and associated commentaries provide important learning opportunities managers and students alike.' - Jonathan E. Ramsay, Senior Lecturer at Singapore University of Social Sciences

`The Social Service sector in Singapore is evolving to meet the changing needs of our society. Social Service organizations have to build capability and capacity to address increasing complexity of social issues. This implies not only being able to hire, retain and motivate the right people in adequate numbers. It also means that the organizations themselves, their policies, and even their boards, have to stay relevant to meet the needs of beneficiaries. This is, therefore, a timely book, as it aptly describes the current situation of Singapore's Not-for-Profit sector, and provides several illustrative cases of organizations that have been able to create impact in this environment. It should be read by all members of management and boards of the sector, as well as by leaders in the government areas related to non-profits, as a guide to accelerate the evolution of these organizations.' - Fermin Diez, Deputy CEO and Group Director, National Council of Social Service, Human Capital Development Group

`The rapid rise of third sector organizations (TSOs) across the globe deserves a book such as this to help us understand better the issues and challenges in managing non-profit organizations and NGOs.?

This book provides very interesting insights how TSOs engaged for-profit organizations, government agencies and the public to deliver the social agenda. The book is an interesting read as it reflects the complexities and realistic views in managing TSOs in a local context which are not easily found in management textbooks. The book uses the systems thinking approach which helps readers to appreciate the inter-connectivity of different parts of the organizations and the holistic view of the operating environment underpin TSOs. I highly recommend this book to people who are passionate about fulfilling the social purpose of TSO.'- Nigel Phang, Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

About the Author

Wee Beng Geok was Associate Professor (Strategy, Management and Organization) at the Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University. In 2000, she set up the Asian Business Case Centre at the Nanyang Business School and was its Director for 15 years. She has held functional and general management positions in the corporate sector and served on the boards of several firms listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. An advocate of systemic thinking and management, she received her PhD in Management Systems and Sciences from the University of Hull.

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Publication date

8th August 2017


Beng Geok Wee

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


154 pages


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