Use Your Margins to Support Your Mission

Money remains crucially important to not-for-profits, but in a very different way than for for-profits. For universities, it’s a means for mission attainment, whereas it is the overriding objective in business firms. One barrier to the adoption of academic resourcing models is the concern that doing so will “turn the university into a business.” The case against this proposition is very strong, but its demonstration requires considerable explanation.

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