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Title: Managing voluntary organisations in Malta : a case study
Authors: Scicluna, Bernard
Keywords: Charities -- Malta
Associations, institutions, etc. -- Malta
Non-governmental organizations -- Malta
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: The introduction of the Voluntary Organisations Act in 2007 has set the pace to fortify the voluntary sector in an unprecedented manner. Still, voluntary organisations are often ill understood mainly because in discussing a hypothesis about their remit, wrong assumptions lead the arguments. The researcher has, along with popular assumptions made in the subject matter, proved the alternative hypothesis. Based on this premise, this dissertation develops the argument that voluntary organisations are somewhat reluctant, despite interested, in implementing the conventional wisdom provided by management theory. The researcher at times also came at odds with the essence of the sector, namely: voluntarism, informality, spontaneity and mobilization. However voluntary organisations, like private or public organisations, differ in terms of size, operating culture, outreach and professionalism in the management of the organisation. This dissertation therefore proceeds in analyzing the way in which voluntary organisations in Malta are managed, the constraints they seek to address, and the raison d'etre which drives their day-to-day operations. This dissertation is not intended to provide a one-size-fits-all analysis. The researcher therefore conducted three case studies in the form of semi- v structured interviews, and the selection process sought to represent different voluntary organisations in terms of size and mission. The regulator of the sector was also interviewed in order to guide the researcher and the readers with respect to the reasoning behind the regulatory aspects of the subject matter. Moreover, the dissertation is structured into five chapters. The initial chapters will essentially focus on the theoretical background of the subject matter. The subsequent chapters will focus on the interpretation of data gathered from the three case studies and the regulator of the sector, followed by the leading recommendations and a holistic conclusion.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacEma - 2014
Dissertations - FacEMAPP - 2014

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