Nonprofit Research Seminar: “Patterns of Interlocking Nonprofit Boards of Directors: The Search for Specific and Complementary Knowledge”

Monday, April 8 at 12:00pm to 1:15pm

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Lewis Hall (RGL), RGL 308
650 Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Nonprofit Research Seminar Series – Spring 2019
Hosted by The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy

Nicole E. Esparza
Associate Professor
Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California 

This paper analyzes board of director interlocks among 474 anti-poverty nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles, Detroit, and Philadelphia. The article advances theory of knowledge seeking through interlocks by examining how the type of information, specific or complementary, influences patterns of board ties. The findings indicate that board interlocks occur between organizations that share complementary knowledge rather than program and client-specific knowledge. Complementary knowledge allows organizations to share information of practices and resources without the disadvantages of direct competition. Furthermore, the findings suggest that organizations create board ties with firms that are geographically near them and share similar institutional logics.

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus



Price School of Public Policy
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