Analyzing Collaborations Involving Nonprofit Youth Sport Organizations: A Resource-Dependency Perspective

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Interorganizational relationships are a well-established practice among nonprofit youth sport organizations seeking to acquire key resources and improve service efficiencies. However, less is known about how broader trends in the nonprofit sector influence their utilization. Guided by Austin’s collaborative continuum and resource dependency theory, this study analyzed how interorganizational relationships are utilized by different nonprofit youth sport organizations in one American context. The results indicate that high-resource organizations primarily utilize philanthropic and transactional forms of collaboration, whereas integrative collaboration is more likely among low-resource organizations. The discussion draws on resource dependency theory to provide theoretical insight into this association, as well as the implications for collaborative value generated through interorganizational relationships.

Jones, Taylor, and Hyun are with the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Misener is with the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada. Svensson is with the School of Kinesiology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

Jones (gareth.jones@temple.edu) is corresponding author.
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