Volunteering and sustainable growth of social enterprises. Lessons from scouting organizations

Bartosz Deszczyński , Paweł Mikołajczak , Agnieszka Ziomek


Research background: Sustainable development of social enterprises (SEs) depends essentially on mobilising human capital, including volunteer work. Purpose of the article: To determine success factors of SEs dependent on volunteer work. As SEs are at a nascent stage of development, the article analyses the conditions shaping volunteering in organisation of Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (ZHP). ZHP was selected as the subject of research due to the maturity and durability of this organization and its similarity to SEs (non-profit orientation, volunteer work). Methods: Within the framework of the study a survey covering 29 regiments from Wielkopolska ZHP (70% of field offices) was collected. Based on these results recommendations for SEs focused on sustainable development with the use of volunteering had been formulated. Findings & Value added: Within the framework of human capital of non-profit organizations (NPOs) it is essential to improve the motivation, involvement and retention of volunteers. The empowerment of volunteers and the possibility to pursue individual interests and passions within a clearly communicated mission and vision of the organization are most important success factors for all types of NPOs.
Author Bartosz Deszczyński (WGM / KMM)
Bartosz Deszczyński,,
- Department of International Marketing
, Paweł Mikołajczak (WE / KB)
Paweł Mikołajczak,,
- Department of Banking
, Agnieszka Ziomek (WE / KPGiS)
Agnieszka Ziomek,,
- Department of Economic and Local Government Policy
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Book Balcerzak Adam P., Pietryka Ilona (eds.): Proceedings of the International Conference on Applied Economics: Entrepreneurship and Management , Contemporary Issues in Economy, 2019, Instytut Badań Gospodarczych, ISBN 978-83-65605-14-6, 223 p., DOI:10.24136/eep.proc.2019.4
Keywords in Polishzrównoważony rozwój; przedsiębiorstwa społeczne; wolontariat; zarządzanie relacjami, harcerstwo
Keywords in Englishsustainability; social enterprise, voluntary; wolontariat, scouting, relationship management
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
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ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 06-03-2020, ChapterFromConference
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