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Abstract: Conflicted About Conflict of Interest? You’re Not Alone!

This article shares experiences with conflict of interest derived from the author’s own research and consulting and those of readers who responded to a survey by the Nonprofit Quarterly. It offers several real life case examples, a succinct definition of ‘conflict of interest’, things to watch out for, and some simple tests to help determine whether someone in your organization is in a conflict situation. It suggests that conflict of interest is rather poorly managed in many organizations, and offers concrete tips for managing conflict of interest in any type of organization. The author concludes that conflict issues are particularly difficult to resolve in organizations, which rely on volunteer directors and their business and social networks to support and sustain them. The Nonprofit Quarterly, Spring 2007  

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