Nonprofit adaptation and variation in changing contexts: The speciation of shared platform organizations

Ray Dart, Olakunle Akingbola, Katie Allen


This research examines the structure, organization, and evolution of the shared platform, an innovative organizational structure intended to assist the capacity concerns of small nonprofits. The grounded and exploratory inquiry of multiple participants in a shared platform organizational community in Toronto shows that there are two distinct variants of the shared platform, and that the evolution of an administrative form to a community development form of shared platform occurred through a process of field-level bricolage.

Cette recherche examine la composition, l’organisation et l’évolution de la plateforme partagée, une structure organisationnelle innovatrice conçue pour aider les petites associations sans but lucratif qui se soucient de leurs limites de capacité. Cette enquête ancrée et exploratoire de participants multiples dans une communauté organisationnelle à plateforme partagée à Toronto montre qu’il y a deux variantes distinctes de la plateforme partagée, et que son évolution d’une forme « administration » vers une forme « développement communautaire » s’est effectuée par un processus de bricolage sur le terrain.


Small nonprofit; Shared platform; Innovation; Bricolage / Petite association sans but lucratif; Plateforme partagée; Innovation; Bricolage

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