ERIC Number: ED460657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Voices of Wisdom: Knowledge and Experience from Practitioner-Academic Teams in the Building Bridges Initiative.
Camino, Linda; Heidrich, Katheryn W.
In 1997, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation launched an Initiative titled "Building Bridges between Practice and Knowledge in Nonprofit Management Education," which aimed to improve the practice of and build the knowledge base for nonprofit management education. This study was designed to examine dimensions of practitioner-academic partnerships as expressed in the key leadership teams of the Building Bridges projects. In the 19 U.S. projects, 71 people participate on project teams. Fifty-five of these team members responded to the study, with the bulk of the research conducted through extended telephone interviews. The analysis strategy was an ethnographic, extended case method. Findings show that the composition of the Bridges project leadership teams resulted from guidelines from the Kellogg Foundation and local circumstances. Teams were well-grounded in academic faculty membership in both tenured and adjunct positions. Teams also had a significant number of individuals who staff academic centers or programs that were focused on nonprofit management, volunteerism, and philanthropy. Many team members had experience in the field and identified themselves as practitioners, and many held academic degrees. More than two-thirds were employed as academics, but many had substantial teaching experience. The report identifies six conditions that facilitate successful teams: (1) team members perceive a good reason to work together; (2) team members are previously acquainted with one another; (3) teams are supported by formal structures; (4) team members respect each other and are willing to share authority and power; (5) practitioners and academics have experience in each other's domains; and (6) practitioners and academics bring complementary strengths to the endeavor. (Contains 33 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Departments, Educational History, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Nonprofit Organizations, Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support, Program Development, Teamwork
CenterPoint Institute, 114 Church St., New Lenox, IL 60451. For full text: http://www.centerpointinstitute.org/bridges/ Papers&Reports/papers.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (29th, New Orleans, LA, November 16-18, 2000).