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Publication - Dr Mary Phillips

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

    Citation

    Friedman, A & Phillips, M, 2004, ‘Balancing strategy and accountability: a model for the governance of professional associations’. Nonprofit Management & Leadership, vol 15 (2)., pp. 187 - 204

    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.

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