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Recent happenings from the TNGO Initiative

TNGO Initiative co-written teaching case study wins international competition

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Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken of the Transnational NGO Initiative, together with Steve Lux, Head of Maxwell's Executive Education department, co-wrote a teaching case study on leading organizational change in Save the Children International. We subsequently took part in an international competition with a blind peer review judging process, and were awarded the First Prize!

 

The case study will be made available for public sharing through the case study data bank of the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Maxwell School, as of this summer.

 

For more information, check e-PARCC's database information here.

New publication: 'Principled Instrumentalism. A Theory of Transnational Behavior'

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The TNGO Initiative announces a new publication: Mitchell, George E. and Hans Peter Schmitz (forthcoming) Principled Instrumentalism: A Theory of Transnational NGO Behavior, Review of International Studies, a journal published by Cambridge University Press for the British International Studies Association (BISA).

 

Abstract: Scholarship has traditionally portrayed transnational NGOs (TNGOs) as ‘principled’ actors animated by global norms to advance human rights, sustainable development, humanitarian relief, environmental stewardship, and conflict resolution. However, scholarship has also identified instances in which TNGOs appear to act ‘instrumentally’ by engaging in resource-maximizing behavior seemingly inconsistent with their principled nature. Moreover, prior scholarship addressing this puzzle has been constrained by the limitations of small-n case studies examining relatively narrow subsectors of the TNGO community. Addressing these limitations, we reexamine the logic of TNGO behavior in light of findings from an interdisciplinary, mixed-method research initiative consisting of in-depth, face-to-face interviews with a diverse sample of 152 top organizational leaders from all major sectors of TNGO activity. Using an inductive approach to discover how TNGO leaders understand their own behavior, we introduce the heuristic of ‘principled instrumentalism’ and specify our framework with a formal model.