Note on the Governance of Nonprofit Organizations: Lessons from Mayo Clinic

by: Paul Clyde, Aneel Karnani

Publication Date: December 18, 2018
Length: 14 pages
Product ID#: 1-291-312

Core Disciplines: Leadership/Organizational Behavior, Social Impact, Strategy & Management, Sustainability

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This conceptual note discusses the governance problems in nonprofit organizations (NPOs) from both a theoretical and practical perspective. It then describes the governance structure at Mayo Clinic and explores the principles that determined the clinic’s governance and the lessons that can guide other NPOs. Mayo Clinic’s history reveals unusually careful thinking about the governance principles at its inception, and continued devotion to these principles while adapting, as needed, over the years.