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  • Location

    Tunghai University 
    Taichung, Taiwan

  • Registration

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  • Dates

    Pre-Conference:  June 4, 2019
    Conference: June 5-6, 2019


About the Conference

The 3rd ARNOVA Asia Conference is co-organized by the Department of Public Management and Policy, Tunghai University; College of Social Sciences, National Chengchi University; and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). There will be a pre-conference event “Transdisciplinary Forum of Young Scholars”, which will be held at National Chengchi University on June 4, and the main conference activity will take place at Tunghai University on June 5-6, 2019.



The theme for 2019 ARNOVA Asian conference is "The Actionability of Civil Society: Challenges of Social Innovation." A variety of pressing issues of civil society development will be explored, and current research will be presented to attendees. Our goal is to create a platform where researchers and practitioners from academia, governments, non-profit organizations, and the private sector can enjoy a warm and creative network experience during their participation.

This year’s conference will consist of keynote speeches, panel sessions, featured forums, cross-sectoral seminars, case presentations, and poster sessions. All of the submissions will be reviewed and arranged in different sessions for presentation. Any submissions of papers or self-organized panels are expected to fit in the following categories:


  • Digital philanthropy, artificial intelligence, and big data: Current developments in digital platforms, artificial intelligence, and big data, as well as in information and communications technology, have completely reversed the operational model and knowledge systems of philanthropy. In view of the trends led by contemporary civil technology, what important issues do these changes bring to light? What impacts have they had on various nonprofit organizations? What can we learn from specific experiences and academic discussions from around the world?
  • Culture, regime, and civil society development: Under the different contexts of national cultures and government systems, various experiences have been developed between the government and civil society. Therefore, how would culture and institutions affect the mode of civil society development within individual countries? What specific case studies can be promoted from the practical aspect and thus be used as an operational paradigm for organizations in civil society?
  • Social innovation and entrepreneurship: Faced with social issues and an increasingly diversified demand for public services, the nonprofit space is constantly innovating with novel organizational models and operational values. What similarities and differences can we find in addressing these pressing social needs between the operational model of traditional non-profit organizations and the model of current social entrepreneurs? How does innovation change our ability to provide social service or identify new issue areas?
  • Philanthropic career and voluntary action: The values that bring volunteers to give their time, effort and money are changing, and this has resulted in differences in not only the extent of involvement by action-takers, but also in a conception of and a feeling towards the public good. Exactly what factors have affected the scale and form of current voluntary services? How should the government coordinate with and assist the overall development of charitable causes in terms of its institutional mandate to pursue that good?
  • Social impact and evaluation: Current measurement metrics, from risky investments to social return on investment (SROI), are considered valuable in gauging the effectiveness of non-profit organizations. What are the different implications and effects brought about by using these new tools as a basis for the appraisal non-profit performance? Have any limitations been identified in the application? What are the findings of note related to operational experiences and discussion results from each and every country?
  • Philanthropic network and collaborative governance: How and why must non-profit organizations work together? With which organizations must they collaborate? What kinds of impacts would different types of cooperation have upon the third sector? What instruments, methods, and theories should we make use of in order to appreciate the operation and development of the charity network? How can we clarify the advantages and disadvantages of partnership relationships from within and across sectors?
  • Organizational accountability and governance in civil society: The content of responsibility and value proposition displayed by civil society organizations are deeply related to social expectations. Governance structures of non-profits have massive ramifications on the organization’s responsibility and ability to pursue their goals – both in terms of public perception and concrete policy. Exactly how should internal management, external accountability, organizational leadership, development strategy, and other aspects of organizational structures of civil society work in harmony to handle the changes of the era in order to put forth reform measures that keep abreast with the pace of the times?
  • Policy initiative, law, and marketing: How do non-profit organizations participate in the process of public decision-making, and what role or function should they play? What impact would the research results of the legal environment have upon the development of non-profit organizations? How can a marketing strategy benefit a non-profit organization to break loose from the limitations of the institutional structure so that it can achieve the desired goals and practice the vision of its mission?
  • Fundraising and philanthropic instruments: In view of the increasingly competitive fundraising environment in the charitable space, what opportunities and challenges are presented by crowdfunding, charity trust, and other fundraising tools, in addition to traditional associations and foundations?
  • Education and research of nonprofit organizations: In light of new research from both civil society and non-profit organizations, how can the teaching of and research into non-profit organizations continue to respond to the empirical needs and expectations of academia?  From the integration of learning and practice to the mutual cultivation of education and research to the development of innovative teaching, the study of non-profits must continue to be relevant to the next generation of students.  To bring forth the leadership of next-generation of non-profit leaders, what qualities and skills should be taught with regard to teaching and research?


Important Dates

ü   Deadline for proposal submission (no more than 500 words): January 31, 2019

ü   Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2019

ü   Deadline for full paper: April 15, 2019

ü   Program publication: April 30, 2019



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