Humanitarian principles and organisational culture : the case of medecins sans-frontieres, Holland

D. Hilhorst, N. Schmiemann

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    Abstract

    Organisational principles or value standards are considered crucial for maintaining quality in humanitarian assistance. Research among staff members of Médecins Sans Frontières-Holland (MSF-H) showed that fieldworkers construct their own interpretations of principles and priorities in response to demands placed on them in the field. Organisational principles are important for the performance and the well-being of volunteers: they serve as beacons, identity markers, and interpersonal 'glue'. It also becomes apparent that while in practice staff members renegotiate the formal principles of their organisation, they also adhere to patterns of organisational culture resulting in a number of ordering principles they deem typical of their organisation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)490-500
    JournalDevelopment in Practice
    Volume12
    Issue number3-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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