Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Investigating Nonprofit Sector Commitment Among Nonprofit Education Alumni
Keywords:nonprofit education, sector commitment, nonprofit identity, career paths
Graduates of nonprofit education programs have seemingly opted in to the nonprofit sector by means of their field of education, but prior research on worker sorting depicts a complex rationale for sector selection. This study used a sample of 153 alumni of nonprofit education programs to sort among factors influencing sector commitment. Given that these alumni have seemingly indicated a sector commitment by way of their education field, this analysis investigated factors that may disrupt sector commitment and found that individuals who view their work as a calling or who have a nonprofit identity are associated with a commitment to working in the nonprofit sector. This study adds to the growing body of sectoral differences literature and helps inform human resource management and leadership about employee characteristics that should be prioritized for development and promotion.
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