The intersection of cultural and professional identity in nonprofit management Academic Article uri icon


  • The number of nonprofit organizations (NPOs) had increased dramatically over the last 20 years. Two models of nonprofit management have been articulated: (1) a cultural identity model, and (2) a managerial professionalism model. Using a qualitative approach rooted in storytelling, the present study explores the competing assumptions of these two models. The results indicate a situated model of nonprofit management is required that takes into account the functional and symbolic aspects of communication and the complex intersection between cultural and professional identities. © 2003, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

author list (cited authors)

  • Barge, J. K., & Hackett, S.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • January 2003