Autonomy and How They React to It? The Experiences of Contracted Women Service Nonprofit Organizations on New Immigrant Public Services
This study was to explore the extent of organizational autonomy in the context of social service contracted system. Current literature is not sufficient to understand the perspectives from people working in the nonprofit organizations. This study interviewed 13 managers and workers of 6 women service nonprofits that have contracted with government for years and also provided new immigrant public services in the last few years. The results showed autonomy of the nonprofit organizations was limited in their having management issues inside the organizations, in their compliance with government on services, and in their having mild attitude regarding to advocacy. The autonomy of the nonprofit organizations showed as they could provide updated services, as they could refuse contracts that contradict to their missions or abilities, and as they could connect with other organizations internationally. The implications and suggestions of this study are also discussed.
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