E-commerce opportunities in the nonprofit sector: The case of New York Theatre Group

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To what extent does having a Web presence reflect on an organization's e-commerce operations? Will a mere brick-and-mortar organizational Web site guarantee online success? This case presents the experience of the New York Theatre Group (NYTG), a nonprofit performing arts organization, in integrating e-commerce in its business practices. The case begins with a very broad overview of the nonprofit sector, the performing arts industry, its delivery channels, and the theatrical production process in general. Then attention turns to NYTG itself in terms of its history, organizational structure, its market segmentation, market trends, and forecasted growth. The strategic planning at NYTG, and the programs put in place to help it achieve its objectives and mission, are detailed. A survey that maps the demographic attributes of NYTG's patrons and subscribers is discussed. The case concludes with the current e-commerce challenges facing NYTG in particular and the nonprofit performing arts organizations in general.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-66
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Cases on Information Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Information Systems and Management


  • E-commerce evaluation
  • E-commerce opportunities
  • E-commerce problems
  • Organization Web presence


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