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Bridging the gaps in employee colunteering: Why the third sector doesn't always win

Cook, Joanne; Burchell, Jon


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Professor Joe Cook
Professor in Organisational Behaviour/Human Resources Management

Jon Burchell


Employee Volunteering (EV) schemes represent a cornerstone of many company Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategies, being identified as a classic “win-win” situation in which businesses contribute significant resources into local communities while gaining a more skilled and engaged workforce and increased reputational benefits. This article questions the “win-win” scenario of EV arguing that existing research has focused predominantly upon the business–employee dimension while largely ignoring the role of third sector organizations engaging in these relationships. By focusing more directly on third sector experiences, the article identifies four “gaps” which place considerable constraints on the reach and impact of EV. It demonstrates the importance of not simply presuming a “win” for the third sector and the added value that can be gained from redirecting EV research toward the “business/nonprofit interface”.


Cook, J., & Burchell, J. (2018). Bridging the gaps in employee colunteering: Why the third sector doesn't always win. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 47(1), 165-184.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 26, 2017
Online Publication Date Oct 11, 2017
Publication Date Feb 1, 2018
Deposit Date Aug 8, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Nonprofit and voluntary sector quarterly
Print ISSN 0899-7640
Electronic ISSN 1552-7395
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 1
Pages 165-184
Keywords Employee volunteering, ESV, CSR, Third sector, Brokerage, Infrastructure
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Additional Information This is the author's accepted manuscript of an article accepted for future publication in: Nonprofit and voluntary sector quarterly.


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