Johanna Mair, Christian Seelos win 2017 Terry McAdam Book Award

Annual award honours a new book that advances the field of social innovation and nonprofit management.

Congratulations to Johanna Mair and Christian Seelos, whose recent book Innovation and Scaling for Impact: How Effective Social Enterprises Do It (Stanford University Press) won the 2017 Terry McAdam Book Award!

This award highlights top literary contributions to the field of management, governance and capacity building in the nonprofit sector.

The winner was announced 17 November during the Alliance for Nonprofit Management's conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was selected by the Terry McAdam Book Award Committee of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. A review by the Committee reads:

“In their eye-opening book, Seelos and Mair bring clarity to the differences between innovation and scaling, as well as the relationship of one to the other. While still encouraging levels of appropriate risk, they argue persuasively that nonprofits should focus far more resources on scaling programmes they know have positive outcomes than on innovating where uncertainty about outcomes could drain resources.

The authors provide guidance and worksheets to help leaders determine where innovation is appropriate. They identify types and levels of uncertainty, and incorporate lessons learned. They also emphasise the importance of scaling successful innovations for the benefit of an organisation’s constituents. While case studies focus on larger international NGOs, leaders of smaller and domestic nonprofits will also find this book valuable.”

  • Johanna Mair, Professor for Organization, Strategy and Leadership

  • Christian Seelos, Adjunct and Co-Director Global Innovation for Impact Lab - Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society