One Size Does Not Fit All: Efficiency
Regardless of the size and type of philanthropic organization, there is broad agreement by senior managers with the perceived contributions of accountability and financial management to overall organizational efficiency. Interestingly, while executives from all sizes of philanthropic organization recognized performance improvement as a major contributor to efficiency, educational organizations rank it as a top priority. Knowledge management was given strong support by all sizes and types of organizations with the exception of health organizations.
Comparing management contributors to Efficiency by executive experience level, broad agreement is found between all C-PO experience levels regarding the major contribution made by financial management to an efficient organization. Significantly, in the Charitable-Philanthropic Organization Self-Renewing Management Model (C-POSRM) Study (Connors, 2013), every executive with more than five years’ experience ranked accountability as the top priority in achieving organizational efficiency. Financial management, accounting and performance improvement were also ranked highly in terms of their contributions to overall organizational efficiency. Information technology was ranked highly by executives with the most and the least experience, but unranked by those with between 10 and 15 years of experience. However, knowledge management, ranked Number 5 overall, was ranked highly by all categories of C-PO executive.
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