Stanford Project on the Evolution of the Nonprofit Sector


A collection of publications the Stanford Project on the Evolution of the San Francisco Bay Area Nonprofit Sector (SPEN):


  • Powell, Walter W., Aaron Horvath, and Christof Brandtner. “Click and Mortar: Organizations on the Web.” Research in Organizational Behavior 36:101–20.
  • Horvath, Aaron, Christof Brandtner, and Walter W. Powell. “Serve or Conserve: Mission, strategy, and multilevel nonprofit change during the Great Recession.” Voluntas, forthcoming.


Additional Work on the Nonprofit Sector, with scholars from Stanford PACS:


  • Patricia Bromley and Walter W. Powell. 2012. “From Smoke and Mirrors to Walking the Talk: Characteristics and Consequences of Decoupling in the Contemporary World.” Academy of Management Annals 6: 483-530.
  • Valeska Korff, Achim Oberg, and Walter W. Powell. 2015. “Interstitial Organizations as Conversational Bridges.” Bulletin of the Association of Information Science and Technology 41(2): 34-38.
  • Aaron Horvath and Walter W. Powell. 2016. “Contributory or Disruptive: Do New Forms of Philanthropy Erode Democracy?” pp. 87-122 in Philanthropy in Democratic Societies, edited by Rob Reich, Lucy Bernholz, and Chiara Cordelli, University of Chicago Press.
  • Walter W. Powell, Achim Oberg, Valeska Korff, Carrie Oelberger, and Karina Kloos. 2017. “Institutional Analysis in a Digital Era: Mechanisms and methods to understand emerging fields,” pp. 305 – 44 in New Themes in Institutional Analysis, edited by Georg Krucken et al, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • Valeska Korff, Achim Oberg, and Walter W. Powell. 2017. “Governing the Crossroads: Interstitial Communities and the Fate of Nonprofit Evaluation.” Ch. 6 in Networked Governance: New Research Perspectives, edited by B. Hollstein, W. Matiaske and K. Schnapp. Berlin: Springer.
  • Victoria Johnson and Walter W. Powell. 2017. “Organizational Poisedness and the Transformation of Civic Order in 19th Century New York City.” Pp.179-230 in Organizations, Civil Society, and the Roots of Development, edited by Naomi Lamoreaux and John Wallis, University of Chicago Press.