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Academic Leadership Journal

Abstract

Students can develop important management skills by requiring them to work in non-profits as a component of their curriculum. What they can learn will be information usually not found in textbooks because this type of organization focuses on a mission that blends the desire for long term success with the desire to serve special groups of people in need. The fascinating mix of social consciousness with any of a variety of business models creates dynamic environments that produce unusual situations not found in for-profit businesses. Exposure to these situations and occurrences can teach students management responsiveness, adaptability, and critical analysis techniques within a constrained social framework.

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