Staying Afloat Amidst the Tempest: External Pressures Facing Private Child and Family Serving Agencies and Managerial Strategies Employed to Address Them
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Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance
Private child and family serving agencies operate within a turbulent environment characterized by changing client needs, interorganizational competition, resource scarcity, and demand for accountability. Qualitative data regarding external pressures experienced by private agencies across six states, and managerial strategies to address them, were collected from a 2016 electronic survey of senior agency administrators (n = 182). Specific themes were organized into the following categories: funding; operations and practice-related issues; staff recruitment and retention; laws, regulations and licensure; contracts and contractual expectations; and, interorganizational relationships. Implications for management practice and research regarding how private human service organizations navigate different external pressures are discussed.
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Collins-Camargo, C., Chuang, E., McBeath, B., & Mak, S. (2019). Staying Afloat Amidst the Tempest: External Pressures Facing Private Child and Family Serving Agencies and Managerial Strategies Employed to Address Them. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 43(2), 125–145.