Fall 2007 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Management

Section Title: Nonprofit Governance: A Management Perspective and Comparative Analysis
Instructor(s): Sarah Rehnborg
Course: P A 388L - Advanced Topics in Management
(previously Seminar on Topics in Public Management)
Unique Number: 65680
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.111
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: Cross List with SW 395K-66585

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: Through an analysis of case studies, an exploration of required readings and service work with community-based nonprofit boards, students will investigate the governance and leadership functions of nonprofit boards of directors. The first half of the semester will focus on the work of the board. Specifically students will examine the duties of the director, the delicate balance of power between the executive director and board chair as well as the fiscal, legal and management responsibilities of nonprofit boards. Attention will be given to meeting management, the function of bylaws, issues in board composition and development, and current research on best practices in board management. The latter part of the semester will focus on a comparative analysis of organizational structures visa vie the issue of organizational "ownership." Students will examine the significance of the nonprofit nondistribution of earnings constraint and the implications of firms held in "trust" but lacking owners. In addition, students will explore the wide variation of governance styles across the nonprofit sector.

This class fulfills a core requirement for the Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies

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