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Rikki Abzug

Headshot of Professor AbzugProfessor of Management

Year Joined RCNJ: 2006

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7392
  • Email:
  • Office: ASB-107
  • Office Hours: 10:30 AM-1:30 PM


  • B.A., Swarthmore College
  • M.A., Yale University
  • M.Phil., Yale University
  • Ph.D., Yale University

Courses Offered:

  • Organizational Analysis
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Ethics in Business
  • Professional Ethics
  • Sport and Event Management

Teaching Interest:

  • Organizational Analysis
  • Management
  • Managing for Social Impact

Research Interest:

  • Social Purpose Organizations (including nonprofit)
  • Organizational Governance

Recent Publications:

  • Simonoff, J. S., & Abzug, R. (2022). Using Conditional Inference Trees to (Re) Explore Nonprofit Board Composition. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 08997640221089259
  • Abzug, R., Adwale. A., Andre, R. Derfus, P., Hedges, P., & Shymko, Y. (2020). “Making Management (More) Relevant: Breaking Down Disciplinary Walls and Pursuing Neglected Independent Variables. Journal of Management Education, 44(5), 651-662.
  • Abzug, R., Rakotobe-Joel, T., & Woodley, J. (2019). “Who Supports PRME Implementation? An Analysis of Influences on Individual Faculty Commitment to PRME”. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice19(8).
  • Abzug, R. (2019). “Nonprofit Practitioners Chat Back: An Exploratory Content Analysis of Participant Responses to the National Council of Nonprofit’s Webinar on the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”  Nonprofit Policy Forum, Vol. 10 (1); 1-6.
  • Abzug R. and Simonoff, J. (2018). “Cultures of Trusteeship: What Lies  Beneath”   Nonprofit Quarterly, (Winter)
  • Abzug R. (2018). “Leadership Believability and Higher Education Fundraising” Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Education, Vol. 14 (2):35-45.
  • Abzug, R. (2016).  Extramarital Affairs as Occupational Hazard: A Structural, Ethical Model.   Sexualities. 19(1-2), 25-45.
  • Webb, N. J. & Abzug, R. (2016).  Financial Dereliction of Duty: Are Veterans Charities Systematically Mismanaged?   Armed Forces and Society. 42(4), 719-740.
  • Abzug, R. (2015).  Predicting Success in the Undergraduate Hybrid Business Ethics Class: Conscientiousness Directly Measured.   Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 7 (2).
  • Abzug, R., Olbrecht, A., Sabrin, M., & DeLeon, E. (2015).  Nonprofit Financing to the Rescue? The Slightly Twisted Case of Local Educational Foundations and Public Education in New Jersey.   Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly..
  • Webb, N., Guo, C., Abzug, R., & Peck, L. (2013). Religious Affiliation, Religious Attendance, and Participation in Social Change Organizations. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 42 (1), 34-58.
  • Abzug, R. & Sabrin, M. (2011) “BVMI: Financing a Retirement Dream. (2011).” Nonprofit Management & Leadership. Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 325–334.
  • Abzug, R. & Sabrin, M. (2010) “Social Justice Through Health Care Financing: The Birth and Signaling of a New Nonprofit Field.” 2010. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Vol. 40 No. 2 377-388.
  • Abzug, R. (2010). “Differences in Boards Based on the Size, Age, and Type of the Organization.”,  Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.
  • Abzug, R. & Webb, N. J. (2008). Do Occupational Group Members Vary in Volunteering Activity? Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 37 (4):689-708
More about Rikki Abzug

Rikki Abzug – (PhD, Yale University), Professor of Management, Anisfield School of Business, Ramapo College of New Jersey.

A researcher of organizational governance, sector theory, social purpose organizations, and neo-institutionalism in organizations, Dr. Abzug is co-author (with Jeffrey Simonoff) of Nonprofit Trusteeship in Different Contexts. Dr. Abzug’s research has appeared in publications including The Academy of Management Journal, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (where she is on the editorial board), Nonprofit Management & Leadership, New York Law School Law Review, Organization Science, and Voluntas.

Before joining the faculty of the Anisfield School of Business, Dr. Abzug was the Chair, Nonprofit Management Program, and Associate Professor at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy. In past years, Dr. Abzug was the Associate Director of Yale University’s Program on Nonprofit Organizations and a faculty member at New York University’s Stern School of Business, Yale and Wesleyan Universities. She has been a management and market research consultant providing consulting services in nonprofit and board development in the United States and Poland. Dr. Abzug was on the Board of the Association for Researchers in Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and was a founding leadership council member of Governance Matters.

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