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Engagement Motivations in Professional Associations

Engagement Motivations in Professional Associations This article follows Knoke in exploring how public incentives offered by professional associations (such as lobbying on behalf of collective interests) compete with private incentives (such as member networking opportunity) in promoting monetary gifts, voluntary coproduction of organizational outcomes, and commitment to the association. Olson’s contention that public goods do not motivate civic engagement has fostered several decades of research geared toward establishing the role of such goods in associational outcomes. Based on membership surveys of three engineering associations and two health care associations, the study concludes that private incentives are not universal motivators, while public incentives show some evidence of motivating engagement. Unexpected differences between the two fields of professional association are striking, prompting suggestions that current practitioners and future research give attention to field differences and resist overgeneralization regarding engagement motivations, outcomes, and commitment across professional fields. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly SAGE

Engagement Motivations in Professional Associations

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly , Volume 43 (2_suppl): 22 – Apr 1, 2014

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SAGE
Copyright
© The Author(s) 2013
ISSN
0899-7640
eISSN
1552-7395
DOI
10.1177/0899764013502582
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Abstract

This article follows Knoke in exploring how public incentives offered by professional associations (such as lobbying on behalf of collective interests) compete with private incentives (such as member networking opportunity) in promoting monetary gifts, voluntary coproduction of organizational outcomes, and commitment to the association. Olson’s contention that public goods do not motivate civic engagement has fostered several decades of research geared toward establishing the role of such goods in associational outcomes. Based on membership surveys of three engineering associations and two health care associations, the study concludes that private incentives are not universal motivators, while public incentives show some evidence of motivating engagement. Unexpected differences between the two fields of professional association are striking, prompting suggestions that current practitioners and future research give attention to field differences and resist overgeneralization regarding engagement motivations, outcomes, and commitment across professional fields.

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Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector QuarterlySAGE

Published: Apr 1, 2014

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