1. The organization shall be designated as the International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD).
  2. IAABD encompasses its members from all regions of the world, as well as other institutions it may set up. IAABD shall operate as an independent, non-profit professional and educational international organization.
  3. IAABD shall have proprietary rights over its registered or unregistered names, publications, titles, trade and service marks, logos, designs and other identifications; which shall inure only to the IAABD’s benefit; and whose use by any other organization shall be prohibited, unless specifically authorized in writing by the Executive Committee of the IAABD.

The offices of IAABD shall be located at the address of the Executive Secretary or at such other address as may be designated by the Executive Committee.

The purpose of IAABD is to serve as a distinct forum for intellectuals of all persuasions to discuss, analyze, and advance solutions to Africa’s business and development challenges, resulting in a better understanding of the policy and strategic alternatives necessary to sustain Africa’s business and economic development within the global framework.

  • The objectives of IAABD are to (a) foster functional education (b) broaden and deepen global understanding of the various challenges facing African business and development leaders, and (c) advance alternative solutions to Africa’s business and economic challenges. This will be achieved by, among other things:
  1. Facilitating the international exchange of information and ideas among educators, business organizations, government and quasi-government agencies, academic institutions, and international organizations for—and with particular reference to—Africa
  2. Encouraging, assisting and enhancing research activities that advance knowledge of African business operations and development and increase the available body of teaching materials
  3. Cooperating, whenever possible, with legitimate government, business and development, international organizations, as well as academic institutions for the furtherance of IAABD’s objectives
  4. Providing publishing opportunities, and publication outlets, for members of the Academy, and enhancing their other scholarly activities and intellectual contributions
  5. Organizing conferences and seminars in different locations of the world to enable members and other stakeholders to present their research work, thereby creating an interactive environment for members and other participants to share, network, and exchange relevant information with each other
  6. Promoting beneficial relationships with book and journal publishers and editors throughout the world for the furtherance of members’ ideals as specified in this mission statement
  7. Promoting and enhancing, where appropriate and whenever possible, the professional career and placement needs of IAABD members
  8. Seeking means and opportunities for academic scholarships and endowments for scholars in and from the African continent.
  • To maintain the intellectual integrity of its members as well as the independence and impartiality of its members, IAABD shall adopt a non-partisan position on any matter involving particularistic interests, either private or public.
  • The IAABD shall not solicit or accept the moral, financial, technical or informational support of other organizations and individuals unless the latter’s objectives are completely non-partisan with respect to the issues and projects involved in the joint or sponsored activity. Any IAABD member who knowingly uses the IAABD’s name, logos or marks for unauthorized purposes shall be expelled from the IAABD, and may be reinstated only after two years, upon favorable response by the Executive Committee of the IAABD to a written petition from the individual expelled.
  1. Membership in the Academy shall be open to scholars, professionals, and students of any nationality who are interested or actively engaged in the teaching, research, performance or administration of business and economic development issues as they relate to Africa.
  2. Ordinary membership will consist of three types: Academic, Professional, and Student. Academic and Professional members will pay full annual dues and students will pay lesser dues, as specified in the Bylaws.
  3. Student membership status is limited to the duration of studies.
  4. All types of membership will have full voting rights and are similar in all respects, except dues and limit to length of student status.
  5. Members whose dues are in arrears shall not have the right to vote or hold office in the Academy until all delinquent dues have been paid.
  6. Furthermore, institutional membership shall be open to any educational institution, firm or supranational organization with an interest in the field of African business and development issues.
  7. However, representatives of such institutions may not hold elective office, and each institution shall have only one vote in all operations of the IAABD. The number of institutional memberships may be limited by the Executive Committee to a small fraction of the total membership.
  8. In addition, honorary memberships will be made in special cases, e.g., annual banquet speakers. The Executive Committee will elect persons to such memberships.
  1. An annual meeting of the Academy shall be held at such time and place as determined by the Executive Committee.
  2. The Academy shall hold a business meeting during the annual meeting.
  3. Special meetings of the Academy may be called in either of two ways: (1) by the Executive committee or (2) by petition of twenty members.

  The governance of the academy shall be the responsibility of a six-member elected Executive Committee consisting of the following officers – President, Vice President, Secretary, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, Vice President for Membership, Vice President for Communications and Publicity.

2.      The Executive Committee shall determine the policies of the Academy, consistent with the Constitution and Bylaws. A majority of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum at the official Executive Committee meetings.

3.      The Board of Governors shall consist of 9 members, 5 individuals nominated and voted for by the members of IAABD and 4 officers, including Immediate Past President, President, Vice President, and Executive Secretary. The term of service for the Board members shall be three years. The Board shall guide the activities of the Executive Committee.

4.      Executive’s Responsibility

·         The President: The President shall be the executive head of the organization and shall have responsibility, authority, and accountability for initiating and carrying out IAABD policies and functions. In the event of absence, resignation, or death of a president, the duties of the office shall devolve successively upon the Vice President, Executive Secretary, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, and the elected members of the Executive Committee in the order of their election. He or she shall set up ad hoc committees as needed.

·         The Vice President: The Vice President shall be responsible for assisting the president in any way deemed appropriate by the president. He or she shall act for the president in his/her absence.

·         The Executive Secretary: The Executive Secretary shall handle correspondence related to the organization. He or she shall serve as the secretary of the Executive Committee, and record the minutes at the annual meeting and all other meetings and send them to the membership within a reasonable time. The duties of the secretary shall also include management of the IAABD membership database, publication of the IAABD newsletter, and the maintenance of the IAABD website.

·         The Vice President Finance and Treasurer: The Vice President Finance and Treasurer shall have oversight responsibility for Academy financial affairs. He or she shall maintain the financial records and handle the annual conference correspondence related to the organization’s finances. He or she shall be responsible for conference registrations, and prepare financial report for the program chair at the end of annual conference. He or she shall work with the Program Chair to make sure adequate record is maintained on membership fees and conference wire transfers. He or she shall be a co-signer of all checks written and funds disbursed. The treasurer shall prepare the academy’s account for the auditor and report the findings to the executive and general members. The treasurer shall present a financial report to the Executive Committee at each annual conference of the academy. The treasurer shall be responsible for billing and collecting membership dues.

·         The Vice President Membership: The Vice President Membership shall be responsible for coordinating the country representatives to attain membership goals. He or She shall work closely with VP Communication to carry out his or her duties. He or she shall also work closely with Executive Secretary to make sure membership benefits are maintained.

·         The Vice President Communications, Public Relations and Corporate Liaison: The Vice President Communications, Public Relations and Corporate Liaison shall be responsible for publicizing the activities and public position of the academy. He or she shall develop relationships with institution of higher learning within and outside the African continent, libraries, governmental agencies and other non-business units.

5.      The term of office of elected officers shall be three years. No person shall hold the same elective office for more than two consecutive terms. Student and institutional members are not eligible to hold elective office.

6.      The Program Chair shall be appointed by the Executive Committee to serve as the overall manager of the annual conference. He or she shall be responsible for developing conference tracks and appointing track chairs for ensuring adequate flow of papers for the various tracks and manage timely registrations by participants whose papers have been accepted by track chairs. The Program Chair shall work closely with the Conference chair to develop the final conference program including: keynote speakers, number of sessions, session chairs, and discussants.

The program chair shall manage the timely submission of accepted papers to the Proceedings Editor for final processing and delivery to the printers as well as develop a final budget for the conference in consultation with the treasurer and conference chair. He or she shall provide a timely report of the overall assessment of the conference to VP programs and the executive committee after the conference. He or she may be an elected officer in the academy.

7.      Proceedings Editor, whom may or may not be an elected officer in the Academy, shall be appointed by the Executive Committee to perform the following functions:

a)      Edit IAABD Conference Proceedings and—in coordination with the Conference Chair, the IAABD Treasurer, and the Program Chair—cause the conference proceedings to be published.

b)      Coordinate the flow of final manuscripts with the Program Chair, to ensure that all manuscripts that have been accepted—and submitted by respective authors by specified deadlines along with the necessary fees—are duly published in the proceedings and scheduled for presentation at the annual conference.

8.      Conference Chair shall be the host of the annual conference and be responsible for all local arrangements. If conditions so dictate, the Conference Chair shall appoint, in consultation with the IAABD Executive, a person to assist him or her as Conference Vice-Chair. The Conference Chair shall work with the treasurer to collect registration on site.

  1. The membership at large shall elect officers by a majority of the votes cast in response to sent ballots. Ballots shall be distributed approximately three months prior to the close of the second fiscal year of the current Executive Committee. The deadline for the return receipt of the ballots shall be 30 days from the date of their mailing to members.
  2. The Nominating Committee shall solicit nominations from members at the Annual Meeting as well as through other publications of the IAABD and other forms of communication.
  3. The Nominating Committee shall be comprised of three members of the Academy. Normally, the Nominating Committee will put forward two names for each of the six positions of President, Secretary, and the four Vice Presidents based on the professional and scholarly standings of the candidates.
  4. Candidates receiving the largest number of votes, out of the votes cast for a particular office shall be deemed elected. In the event of a tie, the Executive Committee will decide the winner.
  1. The Executive Committee shall create other standing committees and identify their specific functions.
  2. Each committee chair will send an annual report of the committee’s activities to the President and Executive Committee.
  3. The President may appoint ad hoc committees as deemed necessary for carrying out the functions of the Association.

The Academy shall issue, and cause to be issued, publications and publication outlets for its members’ scholarly activity, and other intellectual contributions. At least two of these shall be official publications of the Academy, namely:

1.      The Journal of African Business (JAB). This shall be the official, peer-reviewed journal of IAABD. The JAB shall publish articles of the highest scholarly quality. Other provisions concerning the JAB are the following:

a)      The Editor of the JAB shall be appointed or reappointed by the Executive Committee for a period of three years. The Editor of the Journal of African Business shall be in overall charge of the quality, content, and appearance of the JAB. The Executive Committee may also make additional appointments for Co-Editors, and/or Associate Editors of the JAB if deemed necessary. Such appointments shall also be for a period of three years. Such a group, if appointed, shall represent the leadership of the JAB.

b)      Nominations for each of the position(s) in Article X, Item (a) above can be made by any member of the Executive Committee and be sent to the President of IAABD at least two months before the Executive Committee meeting.

c)      Each member of the editorial team shall be entitled to hold other elective positions of the Academy simultaneously.

d)     The members of the editorial team shall be responsible for identifying persons of high academic standing who will constitute members of the Editorial Review Board for the JAB. The Editorial Review Board shall be expected to assist the Editorial team to develop directions for the JAB for consideration and ratification by the Executive Committee.

e)      The editorial team, led by the Editor and with the approval of the Executive Committee, shall carry out changes and modifications to editorial policy as well as changes in editorial staff and the Editorial Review Board.

f)       The Executive Committee shall decide all basic policy decisions as to content and manner of all publications from (and for) the IAABD. The regular day-to-day management of the JAB shall be the responsibility of the Editor, assisted by the editorial team.

2.      IAABD Proceedings. These shall be the official publication outlet for peer/blind-reviewed manuscripts for IAABD annual conferences. Unless decided otherwise by the Executive Committee, IAABD Conference Proceedings will publish only fully conceptualized and complete papers, not abstracts or works in progress. At their own discretion, and funds permitting, the Conference Chair and/or Program Chair shall choose to publish Abstracts, Working Papers, and other types of intellectual contributions otherwise not covered by either the Journal of African Business or IAABD Conference Proceedings.

3.      Other Publication Outlets. The Academy shall develop, encourage, and maintain relationships with publishers of other paper and non-paper publication outlets for the scholarly activities of its members. These may include, without being restricted to: The Emerald Group in Britain, The Journal of Business in Developing Nations, and other Journals based in Africa and elsewhere.

  1. Amendment of the IAABD Constitution shall be effected by a two-third majority of the votes cast by the membership in response to a distributed ballot.
  2. Membership shall be judged to include the members in good standing 90 days prior to the date of mailing the ballot.
  3. Proposals to amend the Constitution will be sent to the membership when endorsed in writing by at least twenty-five members, or endorsed by a majority of the members in attendance at the Annual General Meeting, or endorsed by a majority of the Executive Committee.
  1. Robert’s Rule of Order shall guide the conduct of business meetings of the Academy. The President may, if deemed necessary, appoint a Parliamentarian from the membership.
  2. Terms of office for officers, other elected officials, and committee members shall begin at the business meeting held during the Annual meeting of the Academy.
  3. The Executive Committee shall appoint an independent auditor to audit all accounts before publishing annual report.
  4. A quorum of the Academy shall consist of twenty-five members, or twenty-five percent of the membership whichever is smaller.
  5. This constitution will take effect upon ratification by a majority affirmative vote of the membership in person or by mail.
  6. A vote of a majority of those present and voting at any business meeting of the Academy may amend these by-laws.
  1. The Academy shall elect a Board of Governors to advise the Executive Committee on matters relating to the Academy, policies, plans and programs.
  2. The Board of Governors is responsible for approving those individuals the Academy chooses to honor at the Annual International Conference.
  3. The Board of Governors shall be responsible for marketing and promoting the reputation, integrity and activities of the Academy and its members.
  4. The Board of Governors shall be composed of nine members, five of whom shall be elected by the general members. The remaining four members shall consist of the immediate past president, the President, Vice President, and the Executive Secretary. The President, Vice President, and Executive Secretary shall be ex officio members without vote. The past President shall be a voting member of the board for two years following his/her term as President.
  5. Each member of the Board of Governors shall be elected to serve a 5-year term with only one reappointment if sought. Election of the Board of Governors, like the executives, shall be staggered to ensure continuity of operation.
  6. A member of the Board of Governors can be removed from office for a probable cause by simple majority of the board.

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