A Call Taken to Heart

The Entrepreneurial Behavior of Nonprofit Arts Founders

Susan Kenny Stevens

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Five years ago, after more than twenty years as a nonprofit management consultant, I went back to the classroom to pursue a doctoral degree in organizational behavior. Although personal renewal was my primary goal, I was also eager to put a set of theoretical legs under two decades of consulting practice.

As the time came to choose my dissertation topic, I found myself gravitating to one of the most complex subjects in my consulting practice—the behavior of nonprofit founders.