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NCJ Number: 97749 Find in a Library
Title: Structural Persistence in Proactive Organizations - The Case of Sexual Assault Treatment Agencies
Journal: Journal of Social Service Research  Volume:7  Issue:4  Dated:(Summer 1984)  Pages:21-36
Author(s): C B Smith; P M Marcus
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 16
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from 36 well-established services and newly formed proactive agencies offering some services to adult rape victims are used to test our arguments that proactive organizations more than other service agencies use volunteers, make use of personal referrals to specific individuals in serving clients, educate the public, and secure more commitment of staff to the task or goals of the agency and less to the specific agency itself.
Abstract: We question life-cycle hypotheses that organizations drift away from such voluntaristic and personal practices as part of maturation. Organizational imprinting in a specific era, and the inadequate supply of resources to substitute for volunteer zeal, make any inexorable unfolding in a life cycle unlikely to hold for proactive organizations. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Organization studies; Services effectiveness; Sexual assault victims; Victim services; Volunteers
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