Chapter 14 Gate-keeping nonprofit governance: evaluative criteria and their rankings in nomination committee selection processes
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This chapter explores Swedish national sport federation nomination committees’ use of evaluative criteria in board composition processes. As such, the chapter responds to more general calls for a broadened consideration of relevant governance actors and to appeals for attention to governance processes in member-based federations. We demonstrate the breadth of criteria at play in the processes of nomination of board members and the ways in which these are traded-off against each other to form value-based hierarchies. Based on the empirical analysis reported in the chapter, we discuss key characteristics of nomination committees’ work and propose a research agenda for this crucial but neglected governance function in nonprofit organizations.

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