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Fredrik O Andersson

Fredrik O. Andersson is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University’s Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Indianapolis. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City. Fredrik joined SCCSS as an affiliated research fellow in 2016.

I am a recovering economist working at the intersection of entrepreneurship-, civil society-, and nonprofit organization studies. I currently focus on three different, yet complimentary, research areas. First I am interested in applications of the classical economic entrepreneurship perspectives (e.g. Schumpeter, Von Mises, Knight) to nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector, and how entrepreneurship theory can help us better analyze, comprehend, and ask new questions about the emergence, internal organization, and resource mobilization of new social ventures. Second, I have a long-standing research interest in nonprofit boards and governance examining questions such as: who really governs nonprofit organizations, can nonprofit boards serve as entrepreneurial agents, and what is the role of power and politics in shaping the governance function of nonprofits? Finally, I conduct research on nonprofit capacity and capacity development, including how capacity relates to various life-cycle stages of nonprofit organizations.

I regularly function as reviewer for nonprofit journals such as Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Nonprofit Policy Forum. I also serve as a contributing editor to the Nonprofit Quarterly, a leading nonprofit practitioner-oriented magazine that provides current research-based articles for nonprofits about management, governance, policy issues, and philanthropy.


Ford, M., & Andersson, F.O. (forthcoming) Sources of Isomorphism in the Milwaukee Voucher School Sector. Accepted for publication in Public Policy and Administration.

Ford, M., & Andersson, F.O. (forthcoming) Taking Stock and Moving Forward: Lessons from Two Plus Decades of Research on the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Accepted for publication in Journal of School Choice.*

Andersson, F.O. (2018). Necessity Nonprofit Entrepreneurship: A Study of ExtrinsicallyMotivated Nascent Nonprofit Entrepreneurs. Nonprofit Policy Forum, 9(2), 1-12.

Andersson, F.O. (2018). The Bumpy Road of New Nonprofit Creation: An Examination of Start-Up Problems Encountered by Nonprofit Entrepreneurs. Accepted for publication in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 48(1), 194-207.

Edenfield, A., & Andersson, F.O. (2018). Growing Pains: The Transformative Journey from a Nascent to a Formal Not-For-Profit Venture. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 29(5), 1033-1043.*

Andersson, F.O. (2018) Start-Up Funding Intentions Among Nascent Nonprofit Entrepreneurs: An Exploratory Investigation. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 4(1), 7-20.

Andersson, F.O. (2017). A New Focus on Nonprofit Entrepreneurship Research: Highlighting the Need and Relevance of Nascent Stage Inquiry. Nonprofit Management & Leadership, 28(2), 249-258.*