Implementation Through Risk Mitigation: Strategic Processes in the Nonprofit Organization

Ziva Sharp, David M. Brock

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This article explores theory, concepts, and mechanisms concerning the implementation of strategic plans in the nonprofit organization (NPO). The authors' model shows how risk-mitigating behaviors can facilitate strategic processes by promoting the harmonious interaction of internal and external stakeholders. Using an exploratory case study approach, the authors identify a set of enabling mechanisms for the NPO to overcome organizational resistance in the implementation phase of a strategic process. These adaptive mechanisms and iterative feedback tend to allow the NPO to implement strategy while mitigating the risk involved, thereby protecting the unique values, mission, and human fabric that characterize such organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-594
Number of pages24
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2012


  • implementation
  • nonprofit
  • risk-mitigation
  • strategy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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