Research focus

The chair of Public and Nonprofit Management aims to generate and to transfer knowledge on the professional management of socially-oriented organizations.

This objective is accomplished by conducting theory-based empirical research on the professional management of socially-oriented organizations operating in the public or nonprofit sector. For this purpose, we apply both quantitative and qualitative research methods.  Our current research interests focus on the following areas:

  • market-oriented management
  • strategic management
  • human resource management
  • organization


Selected research projects

Cognitive Dissonance in Hybrid Organizations
Success of crowdfunding campaigns
The Legitimacy of Algorithmic Decision-Making in Public E-Services

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Selected publications

  • Helmig, B., Bärlocher, C. and von Schnurbein, G. (2009). Defining the Nonprofit Sector: Switzerland. Working Papers of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project, 46. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins Univ., Dept. of Economics.