Is organizational behavior in U.S. Muslim nonprofit institutions religious?

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    Several researchers argue that religion influences organizational behavior in nonprofit institutions (Lotfy, 2004; Brinckerhoff, 1999). This article examines this claim by outlining major organizational values embraced by the leadership of twenty-eight American Muslim nonprofit institutions. Two surveys were distributed to a random sample of 224 board members and 416 constituents in the southern and southeastern United States. Findings indicate that American Muslim nonprofit institutions remain religious even when they provide nonreligious services. Exhibiting religious organizational behavior is not random or accidental. Rather, it can be a reflection of the role of faith in nonprofits. Exploratory factor analysis reveals nine religiously important values that characterize managerial leadership in American Muslim nonprofit institutions. These values and their implications are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)235-249
    Number of pages15
    JournalNonprofit Management and Leadership
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Strategy and Management


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