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An Ethnographic Study of Annual General Meetings in Not-for-Profit Organisations

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Show simple item record Cordery, Carolyn Joy Baskerville, Rachel F 2007-11-21T22:53:57Z 2007-11-21T22:53:57Z 2007 2007
dc.description.abstract Purpose: Accountability has been described as an institutional social practice to encourage stewardship reflection and as such it is a process that can be observed and reported upon. This paper describes observations of an accountability event, the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which has been largely absent from the literature. The method and results of empirical research as to how accountability was discharged in not-for-profit AGMs is provided. Methodology/Approach: The research utilised a critical ethnographic methodology to explore community-specific accountability. Findings: Sensemaking was identified as an important function of the meeting and accountability processes. Further, accountability was enhanced when not-for-profit entities adhered to foundational rules, provided opportunities for sensemaking, and was seen to be characterised by organisational transparency. Research limitations: This was a pilot study undertaken to develop the observation and coding model. Future research would include expanding this tool into AGMs of other organisational types. Originality: AGMs are required of many organisations, but they have seldom been researched. This paper provides an insight into the characteristics of sensemaking within meeting behaviours, and insights into the role of governors and organisational members in the discharge of accountability. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries No. 51 en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Paper en_NZ
dc.subject Non-profit organisations en_NZ
dc.subject Non profit organisations en_NZ
dc.subject Organizational management en_NZ
dc.subject Organisational management en_NZ
dc.subject Performance review en_NZ
dc.subject Stakeholder participation en_NZ
dc.title An Ethnographic Study of Annual General Meetings in Not-for-Profit Organisations en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Accounting and Commercial Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 350100 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 350200 Business and Management en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Working or Occasional Paper en_NZ

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