The The Role of Nonprofit Organizations in the Co-Production of Welfare Services: A Systematic Literature Review


  • Ola Segnestam Larsson Marie Cederschiöld University



Co-Production, Welfare, Nonprofit Organizations


This review studies previous research on the role of nonprofit organizations in the co-production of welfare services. The need for the review stems from the lack of systematic literature reviews related to nonprofit organizations, co-production, and welfare services. The empirical material is delimited to peer-reviewed research published in international academic journals and analyzed in relation to levels of co-production, the role of organizations, and nonprofit organizational distinctiveness. Main findings include that research has primarily studied the role of nonprofit organizations in relation to co-production and enabling favorable conditions, and that existing research identifies several potential distinctive contributions made by nonprofit organizations to co-production. Implications include encouraging co-management of welfare services, enabling co-production in welfare services beyond public organizations, and exploring how different types of organizations contribute to co-production.

Author Biography

Ola Segnestam Larsson, Marie Cederschiöld University

Ola Segnestam Larsson is Associate Professor at Marie Cederschiöld University and has a PhD in organization and management from the School of Business and Economics, Åbo Akademi University. Ola Segnestam Larsson is interested in organizational and management issues in the civil society. His dissertation project studied organizational development in the civil society. Current research interests include non-profit organizations and quality in welfare services, co-production in civil society, and hybrid organizations.






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