n Journal of Contemporary Management - Benefits of examining the sustainability of nonprofit organisations from a system dynamics perspective

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1815-7440



Non-profit organisations (NPO's) contribute in a variety of ways to the betterment of society and to the upliftment of the human race. However, their dependence on external donors for funding and the voluntary provision of services has made the survival of such organisations a perilous and uncertain journey. Added to this, is the many variables, and the feedback relationships between them, that influence the overall sustainability of non-profit organisations.

Thus, a fragmented view looking at only a limited number of factors that influence non-profit sustainability presents many limitations. For this reason, a systems thinking methodology known as System Dynamics (SD) is proposed for a more holistic consideration of the issue of non-profit sustainability by examining the beneficial implications of such an application.

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