How Valuable is Experience? Examining the Impact of Founder Experience on Nonprofit Start-Up Success

Authors

  • Fredrik O. Andersson Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20899/jpna.6.2.233-247

Keywords:

Nonprofit Founder, Experience, Start-up

Abstract

Nonprofit entrepreneurs face a number of liabilities that are particularly significant during the emergent phase of a new nonprofit. Using a human capital perspective, this study examines the influence previous experience plays as it relates to nonprofit organizational start-up success. The study draws on a sample of 118 nascent nonprofit entrepreneurs. The results from a logistic regression analysis show no significant impact with regard to education or prior nonprofit management experience. The results, however, show that prior start-up experience significantly enhances the likelihood of start-up success.

Author Biography

Fredrik O. Andersson, Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Fredrik O. Andersson is an Associate Professor in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and an affiliate faculty member with Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He is also a senior fellow with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership (MCNL) at University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and a research fellow with the Stockholm Center for Civil Society Studies in the Stockholm School of Economics. His research focuses on entrepreneurship and governance in the nonprofit sector.

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Published

2020-08-01

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Research Articles