Faculty Research

Updated Nov. 12, 2020

Professor Kat Miller-Stevens won the Best Governance Research Paper Award with her co-author at the annual conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the largest nonprofit studies conference in the US. Find citation here.

Paper Title: Public Service Motivation Among Nonprofit Board Members and the Influence of Primary Sector of Employment

Journal: Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

Co-Author: Kevin Ward, PhD, Associate Professor, Seattle University

Abstract: Although considerable research has developed exploring effective management of nonprofit boards of directors, there is limited understanding of the motivations of nonprofit board members to serve on boards. Using a sample of nearly 700 nonprofit board members, this study examines antecedent conditions and dimensions of public service motivation (PSM) as they apply to nonprofit board members and the differences in levels of PSM between board members who have worked primarily in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors. Board members with primary employment in the public sector show the highest levels of PSM. This study illustrates that nonprofit board members who work in the private sector exhibit fewer values associated with public service motivation. Other variables that predict public service motivation among board members include gender, level of education, and formal volunteering activity, among several others.

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