Research Explores the Survival and Sustainability of NPOs from a Systems Dynamics Perspective
Leadership Studies doctoral graduate, Dr Nikita Singh’s research was concentrated on the sustainability and survival of non-profit organisations during the global economic downturn.
Singh’s thesis titled: “A Systems Dynamics Perspective of a Non-Profit Organisation’s (NPO) Quest for Sustainability: A Case Study”, explores how NPOs overcome challenges of lack of funding, under skilled or inadequate human resources and co-financing agreements and remain financially stable.
‘In the beginning of my PhD journey it was particularly difficult to find a research area that had not been researched before. Since the struggle to remain financially sustainable and competitive is a struggle that is encountered by the majority of non-profit organisations, I decided that researching such a topic would somehow contribute to understanding the non-profit sector and provide suggestions on how to make the non-profit form more sustainable and competitive in the long run,’ said Singh.
Pursing research that has a community outreach element has had a positive personal effect on Singh as she joined a youth club, The Ansari Youth Club (AYC), where she engaged in many social upliftment and environmental awareness projects.
‘Reaching out and helping others and the environment allowed me to take my mind off my PhD work and refresh my soul. In addition, I met many amazing people inside and outside of the organisation who provided support and encouragement to me during this sometimes very lonely journey,’ said Singh.
Graduating with her PhD at the young age of 27 has motivated Singh to push boundaries. She is currently working for an international bank and is looking forward to exciting future career prospects.
‘I would like to pursue a career in the private sector to get more experience in the corporate world. After a few years I want to re-enter the academic world here or even abroad as it is a great passion of mine, especially the research aspect of the academic world,’ said Singh.