Previously published as: Training Strategies for Tomorrow
Online from: 2003
Subject Area: Learning and Development
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|Title:||Do non-profit organizations ever really learn from their mistakes – or are they doomed to repeat them?|
|Author(s):||Joseph C. Santora, (Director of Research and Visiting Professor of Management, ENPC School of International Management, Paris, France), James C. Sarros, (Professor of Management, Monash University, Caulfield, Australia)|
|Citation:||Joseph C. Santora, James C. Sarros, (2012) "Do non-profit organizations ever really learn from their mistakes – or are they doomed to repeat them?", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 26 Iss: 3, pp.8 - 10|
|Keywords:||Boards of directors, Case study, Directors, Executive directors, Executive succession planning, Non-profit organizations, Nonprofits|
|Article type:||General review|
|DOI:||10.1108/14777281211225749 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The aim of this article was to emphasize that board member failure to develop a succession plan places the organization in a precarious status quo mode, and thereby to help educate executive directors and board members about the need for an executive succession plan.
Design/methodology/approach – Case study methods were used to collect data presented in the case narrative.
Findings – The results of the authors' case study suggest that organizations that do not plan for executive succession events jeopardize their ability to pursue new opportunities.
Research limitations/implications – Generalizability of a single case study may be a research concern despite its in-depth investigation, analysis, and findings.
Practical implications – Executive directors and board members must recognize the importance of an executive succession plan to ensure smooth transition from one executive to another.
Originality/value – In these complex times it is a strategic imperative that organizations are ready to address issues of uncertainty. An executive succession plan can help ensure organizational responses to changing internal and external environmental conditions.