Title: Conflicting stakeholder interest and accountability in non-governmental organisations

Authors: Klemen Kavčič; Bojan Mevlja; Igor Rižnar

Addresses: Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, Cankarjeva 5, 6000 Koper, Slovenia ' Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, Cankarjeva 5, 6000 Koper, Slovenia ' Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, Cankarjeva 5, 6000 Koper, Slovenia

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to summarise and analyse what is known regarding the ways in which conflicting stakeholder interest may influence accountability. The interests of stakeholders in non-profit organisations (NPOs) as well as the purposes of these organisations are not uniform. The authors used a systematic review process to study the empirical evidence pertaining to how a stakeholder perspective helps to understand accountability and the influences of stakeholders in the Slovenian non-governmental educational organisations. Research provides an empirical analysis from a survey of 78 representatives of Slovenian non-governmental educational organisations. The objective of this paper is to improve the understanding of the accountability relationship between internal and external stakeholders and development NGOs, and in particular to elucidate the highly correlated influences of both parties (external and internal influences of stakeholders).

Keywords: accountability; non-governmental organisations; educational NGOs; stakeholders; stakeholder interest; conflicting interests; Slovenia; external influence; internal influence.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2016.077511

International Journal of Management in Education, 2016 Vol.10 No.3, pp.309 - 323

Available online: 04 Jul 2016

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