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Writing Nonprofit First Cases for Research and Instruction

Stuart C. Mendel


Case studies are an important part of the nonprofit academic and practitioner worlds. The balance between knowledge and skills, the degree to which theory informs practice, the use of empirical findings about practice, and the nature of learning strategies that include problem-centered approaches all support the use of case studies in instruction, research, and practice. Despite the necessity for cases, crafting a case study of sufficient integrity for publication in a research journal or use as an instructional tool requires storytelling artistry. Yet converting a research report into a published case study is not typical. This paper offers a model for case writing, drawing on structures presented in five casebooks published over the last 30 years by respected research scholars, to promote scholarly publication of nonprofit case studies using the nonprofit first principle. 

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nonprofit first; nonprofit casebooks; case studies; nonprofit pedagogy template

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