A Book Review of R. A. Williams' "Sustainable Non-Profit Management: A Practical Approach"
This book is all about sustainable non-profit management in the United States, focusing on how churches and other organizations can follow a set of simple principles that can help them promote their mission and increase the amount of money they spend every year. It is particularly designed for those who need to conduct their own charity, church, or other organization in a more responsible, sustainable, and ethical manner.
The book contains over fifty pages of full-color photographs and text with an introduction by the author and a final chapter that reviews the book’s key strategies and recommendations.
The concepts presented in this book are based on research and application. Each chapter begins by describing what the book is about and how it applies to the various areas of management theory, ranging from economics to sociology to environmental sustainability.
Williams provides many case studies and practical exercises to illustrate his principles to various areas of religious and nonprofit organization leadership, with special reference to the church.
If you are looking for a management book that addresses the topic of sustainable business, then you might want to check out R. A. Williams’ latest book entitled Sustainable Non-Profit: Creating and Sustaining a Better Life. In this text, R. A. Williams discusses the need to develop sustainable business practices and explains why businesses should aim for a more sustainable future. This text will certainly prove useful to anyone looking for Sustainable Non-Profit advice on running their companies in a more environmentally friendly way. But just like any other management text, Sustainable Business will also have its critics. So before you decide to purchase this particular book, you may want to look into some of the following comments and criticism.
Overall, sustainable non-profit management demands that leaders and followers work together to order to make positive changes. If a group of people is motivated to work together in a common cause, they will find solutions to problems through consensus. Those solutions will be effective, even if they are sometimes uncomfortable. Following these ideas and suggestions will help church groups and organizations effectively implement their sustainability policies.
One aspect that many people find troubling is the focus on individual self-sufficiency. The author contends that an approach that focuses on individual self-sufficiency would be better suited for addressing environmental impacts. As a result of this belief, many readers might be better served by other works that deal with environmental impacts in larger contexts. Also, it would be beneficial to see works that address larger-scale environmental issues more fully.
While sustainability is an important consideration for any organization, the book’s focus on the relationship between sustainability and companies’ management is controversial. Proponents of sustainable management argue that companies should be accountable for their actions and that a focus on corporate responsibility is necessary for positive change. Some environmental advocates would also argue that the correlation between socioeconomic status and environmental impact is non-existent. Thus any correlation between the two was based on a false premise. Because of this disparity, some have proposed that sustainability is a marketing term used by businesses to justify unethical behavior.
Overall, the Sustainable Non-Profit book is a useful resource for anyone interested in sustainability practices and is interested in how they may impact organizations. While there may be points regarding business practices that are difficult to relate to environmental issues, the book makes an interesting read. Those who consider pursuing sustainability as a core principle in their operations may find this text very helpful. For those already involved in sustainable non-profit endeavors, the book provides a useful primer and helpful case studies. The main text contains eleven chapters and three case studies, each focusing on a different aspect of sustainability.