Do Mission Statements Matter for Nonprofit Performance? Insights from a Study of US Performing Arts Organizations

Sheela Pandey, Mirae Kim, Sanjay K. Pandey

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Abstract

In this exploratory study, we examine whether organizational mission statement attributes make a difference to the performance of nonprofit performing arts organizations. We use text analysis to measure two semantic attributes—activity and commonality—of mission statements. We examine whether these attributes are associated with improved performance for the instrumental and expressive functions of nonprofit performing arts organizations. Our findings indicate that the mission statement attribute activity is associated with improved performance for both instrumental and expressive functions. Our analysis of nonfindings for the mission statement attribute commonality suggests that there is a need to develop and use content analysis tools tailored to nonprofit contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-410
Number of pages22
JournalNonprofit Management and Leadership
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management

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