Dr. Ruth Simsa is associate professor at the Non-profit Management Group and the Institute for Sociology as well as Scientific Head of the Non-profit Competence Centre. Recent research focused on contributions of non-profit organizations to society, management and leadership of non-profit-organizations as well as impact of non-profit organisations. Her main theoretical topic is societal functions and types of influence of non-profit organisations. In September 2015 she took over the editorship of Voluntas, the official journal of the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR), together with TSI member Taco Brandsen.

Apart from the scientific background, Ruth Simsa can benefit from practical experience as consultant for non-profit organisations. In working e.g. for the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, the Austrian labour market service, hospitals, mobile social services and a lot of smaller Austrian NPOs she gained insight in impact and barriers of these organisations.

Ruth is lead author of two TSI Working Papers:

TSI Working Paper Series No. 1: “Methodological Guideline For Impact Assessment

TSI Working Paper No. 6: “Meta-Analysis of SROI Studies – Indicators and Proxies

Relevant Publications

  • Simsa, R./Patak, M.: Leadership in Nonprofit-Organisationen. Die Kunst der Führung ohne Profitdenken. Wien 2008
  • Simsa, R./Meyer, M./Badelt, Ch. (Hg.): Handbuch der Nonprofit-Organisation. Stuttgart 2013 (5th edition)
  • Millner, R./Simsa, R./Maier, F./Schober, Ch.: Navigating the Merits and Limitations of SROI Analysis: Reflections on “Realistic Excellence”, submitted January 2013 Nonprofit-Management and Leadership
  • Block, S./Simsa, R./Yakimets, V.: Internal Efficiency and Avoiding Dysfunctions in Associations, in: Horton Smith, D./Grotz, J./Block, S.: Palgrave Research Handbook of Volunteering and Nonprofit Associations.To be published in 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan