Dr. David Berlan is an associate professor at the Askew School. He teaches in the areas of nonprofit management and public and nonprofit financial management. His research examines the role of competing ideas in the change and evolution of nonprofit organizations and the networks in which they participate. Most of this research is in the context of global health and development, though he also seeks to tie his teaching and research into the local nonprofit community. Dr. Berlan published an article in The Conversation (“What the Staff Does Matters More than What’s in an Organization’s Mission Statement”) on why employee perspectives matter more than formal mission statements, a perspective informed by his most recent journal article (Berlan, 2018).
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