Marlene Walk

Marlene Walk

Assistant Professor
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Office: BS 4080
Phone: 317-274 -3098
Email: mwalk@

Curriculum Vitae
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  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Social Welfare
  • M.A. University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück (Germany), Nonprofit Management
  • Dipl. University of Applied Sciences Hildesheim (Germany), Social Work

Fields of Expertise

  • Human resource management
  • Nonprofit management
  • Organizational change
  • Meaning of work
  • Volunteering and volunteer management

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Labrum, T., Walk, M., Solomon, P. L. (forthcoming): Measuring limit-setting practices used by familymembers towards relatives with psychiatric disorders: The Family Limit-Setting Scale. Psychiatric Quarterly.
  • Walk, M., Greenspan, I., Crossley, H., & Handy, F. (forthcoming). Social Return on Investment (SROI)analysis: A case study of a job and skills training program offered by a social enterprise. Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
  • Walk, M., Greenspan, I., Crossley, H., & Handy, F. (2015). Mind the gap: expectations and experiences of clients utilizing job-training services in a social enterprise. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 86(2), 221-244.
  • McDougle, L., Konrath, S., Walk, M., & Handy, F. (2015). Religious and secular coping strategies and mortality risk among older adults. Social Indicators Research. DOI: 0.1007/s11205-014-0852-y
  • Walk, M., Schinnenburg, H., & Handy, F. (2014). Missing in action: strategic human resource management in German nonprofits. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 25(4), 991–1021.
  • McDougle, L., Handy, F., Konrath, S., & Walk, M. (2014). Health outcomes and volunteering: the moderating role of religiosity. Social Indicators Research, 117(2), 337-351.
  • Walk, M. (2013). Critical juncture of unification: window of (missed) opportunity for the German welfare state? Social Work & Society, 11(1), 1-14.
  • Walk, M., Schinnenburg, H., & Handy, F. (2013). What do talents want? Work expectations in India, China, and Germany. Zeitschrift für Personalforschung (German Journal of Research in Human Resource Management), 27(3), 251-278.
  • Willems, J., & Walk, M. (2013). Assigning volunteer tasks: the relation between task preferences and functional motives of youth volunteers. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(6), 1030-1040.
  • Walk, M., Handy, F., & Schinnenburg, H. (2013). Expectations and experiences of young employees: the case of German nonprofits. Administration in Social Work, 37(2), 133-146.
  • König, N., Ojinnaka, J., Ritzenhoff, C., & Walk, M. (2008). Codes of conduct: ein Gütesiegel für die Legitimität von NGOs? Eine Untersuchung anhand der Diskurstheorie des Rechts von J. Habermas (Codes of conduct: a hallmark of legitimacy for NGOs? A study by reference to J. Habermas’ Discourse Theory of Law). Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik (Journal for Business, Economics & Ethics), 9(3), 396-410 (authors in alphabetical order).

Book chapters

  • Walk, M., & Schinnenburg, H. (2015). Success factors and (unintended) consequences of inclusive education in the United States: Implications for the German context. In G. Hensen & A. Beck (Hrsg.): Inclusive Education - International Strategies and Development (pp. 175-197). Beltz Juventa, Weinheim.
  • Walk, M., Greenspan, I., Crossley, H., & Handy, F. (2014). Chapter 8: Canadian immigrants and their access to services: a case study of Academy of Computer & Employment Skills (A.C.E.S.). In: J. Quarter, S. Ryan, & A. Chan (Hrsg.): Social Purpose Enterprises: Case Studies for Social Change, 162-187. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Canada.
  • Werding, E., Schinnenburg, H., & Walk, M. (2014). Kompetenzentwicklung und Mitarbeiterzufriedenheit im Rahmen von Inklusionsprozessen in Kindertageseinrichtungen (Competence development and job satisfaction during the implementation of inclusion in childcare organizations). In G. Hensen, et al. (Hrsg.): Inklusive Bildung. Organisations- und professionsbezogene Aspekte eines sozialen Programms (Inclusive Education. Organizational and professional aspects of a social program), 206-236. Beltz Juventa, Weinheim.

Edited Books

  • Maykus, S.; Beck, A.; Hensen, G.; Lohman, A.; Schinnenburg, H.; Walk, M.; Werding, E.; Wiedebusch, S. (2016). Inklusive Bildung in Kindertageseinrichtungen und Grundschulen: Empirische Befunde und Implikationen für die Praxis (Inclusive education in childcare organizations and elementary schools: Empirical findings and practical implications). Beltz Juventa, Weinheim.

Professional affiliations

  • Academy of Management (AOM)
  • Meaning of Work Micro-Community (MMM), School of Management, Yale University
  • International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR)
  • German Academic International Network (GAIN)
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organization and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)

Courses taught

  • V522 Human Resource Management in the Nonprofit Sector, Fall 2015
  • V370 Research Methods
  • V373 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector

Awards and recognitions

  • 2016, JPART Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management (AOM), Public and Nonprofit (PNP) Division
  • 2016 Prestigious External Award Recognition (PEAR) recipient for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Office of Academic Affairs, IUPUI
  • 2015 Best Paper Based on a Dissertation Award, Organization Development and Change division, Academy of Management (AOM).
  • 2013 Emerging Scholar Award, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organization and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)