MAN 451: Introduction to Nonprofit Management

This module gives an introduction to the management of nonprofit organisations (NPOs). First, the nonprofit sector is described and analyzed, including topics like the relevance of the sector and its various activity fields. In the following, nonprofit management is reviewed within the functions of nonprofit governance and leadership, nonprofit human resource management, nonprofit marketing, fundraising management, nonprofit accounting and finance. Thus, this module provides a theoretical foundation for the management of NPOs. The peculiarities of nonprofit management as opposed to “forprofit” management are developed and analyzed. Possibilities and limits concerning the applicability of general management methods and concepts to NPOs are detected. Scientific research pertaining to nonprofit management is discussed and practical examples, cases and project work are presented.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • illustrate the economic relevance of the nonprofit sector,
  • explain the particularities of nonprofit management,
  • apply general management methods in the nonprofit sector,
  • describe the development of specific concepts for NPOs,
  • explain hypotheses and findings in the field of nonprofit management.
Moreover, the key competence working with academic papers shall be acquired.

Necessary prerequisites
semester 4 or higher

Recommended prerequisites

Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Lecture1 SWS8 SWS
ECTS credits3
Graded yes
Form of assessmentWritten exam (60 min, 86%) and case study (14%)
Restricted admissionno
Further information
Performing lecturer
Prof. Dr. Bernd Helmig
Frequency of offeringSpring semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Range of applicationB.Sc. Bus. Adm.
Preliminary course work
Program-specific Competency GoalsCG 1, CG 2, CG 4
LiteratureHelmig, B. & Boenigk, S. 2020. Nonprofit Management. München: Vahlen
Course outline1. Basics of Nonprofit Management
2. Historical Developments and Theories of the Nonprofit Sector
3. Nonprofit Governance
4. Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations
5. Nonprofit Marketing
6. Fundraising Management
7. Nonprofit Financial Management and Accountability