Balancing strategy and accountability: a model for the governance of professional associations

AL Friedman, ME Phillips

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Abstract

Professional associations are operating in a context of uncertainty and change, with which their traditional governance structures struggle to manage. After describing this context and presenting a brief overview of relevant governance literature, a project aimed at supporting the redesign of governance structures and procedures among five professional associations in the United Kingdom is outlined. Three specific governance issues are examined: size of councils (council is the term used for a governing body of a U.K. professional association), their composition in relation to electoral processes, and the development of inner councils, or executive boards, within councils. Finally, we present a normative model, the cupped hands model, that has arisen from the research. This model offers a possible means of balancing the representation required by their status as membership associations with the requirement that professional associations become more strategic and proactive.
Translated title of the contributionBalancing strategy and accountability: a model for the governance of professional associations
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187 - 204
Number of pages18
JournalNonprofit Management & Leadership
Volume15 (2)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004

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Publisher: John Wiley

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