Effective processes of governance, accountability, management, planning and decision-making, and leadership development are all vital to the well-being and effectiveness of not-for-profit organisations. Essential too is the nurturing of team motivation, morale, and commitment around well-defined vision, mission and values. Poor performance in any of these critical areas may seriously jeopardise an NGDO’s capacity to achieve its fundamental objectives. The primary purpose of this unit is to provide the opportunity to examine these critical issues in the context of the learners’ own experience and that of the organisations they have worked with, and analyse them within a relevant theological framework.
In this unit learners will investigate the complexities and challenges of nurturing an organisation of integrity i.e. where there is a coherent alignment between vision, mission and values on the one hand, and policy making, decision-making and organisational behaviour on the other, and which the latter reflect biblical perspectives on justice, equality, and human dignity. Theoretical frameworks will be supplemented with investigations into practical applications.
Topics covered include: the respective roles of board and management to organisational well-being and effectiveness; relational management; inclusive and participatory strategic planning; sustaining long-term vitality, passion and effectiveness; managing healthy organisational change; leading major organisational change; organisational learning; Christian identity; personnel safety and well-being, particularly in high-stress and high-risk contexts; fund-raising and marketing.