The Governance Section is busy, like the rest of you, preparing proposals for the conference. In addition to our personal research proposals we are planning three sponsored sessions-a colloquy, the Governance Section in-conference session and our 2nd annual post-conference symposium. Please keep the post-conference session in mind as you make you conference travel arrangements.
Colloquy: This proposed colloquy will focus on governance trends and challenges in the US health care policy field. Health care offers many opportunities for nonprofit governance scholars to expand their thinking about new research questions and approaches because the health care field includes institutions from all three sectors of our economy, increasingly includes complex partnerships and institutional arrangements to deliver systems of health care, and is profoundly influenced by government policies and regulations. This session features a panel of recognized leaders in both nonprofit and health care governance followed by a facilitated, interactive session with participants. The overall goal of this colloquy is to stimulate participants to think about new governance research questions and approaches that take into consideration opportunities for policy-field specific as well as comparative, cross-sector work, especially in nonprofit fields where government policies, regulations, and partnerships play critically important roles. We hope to expand thinking about cross-sectorial dialogue and research opportunities in governance. More specifically, the colloquium will address the following kinds of questions: What do we know and what do we need to know about governance in the US health care system? What are similarities and differences in governance patterns and practical challenges across nonprofit, for-profit, and public health care entities and within partnership models of health care delivery?
Governance In-conference Session: Building on last year’s international focus we are proposing a session titled, “A pluralistic perspective on nonprofit governance: How should context be taken into account?” We are planning on bringing an intriguing committee together to examine governance through the lens of various cultural and sector-specific characteristics. In particular, we will build on several interesting insights from our previous in-conference session (with Ebrahim Elnoor, Shariq Siddiqui and Jurgen Willems) by answering the call of last year’s participants to dig deeper into how cultural and sector-specific elements urge a tailor-made governance approach for nonprofit organizations. Despite the fact that governance as a function is (also) meant to set standards that are widely accepted across organizations, sectors and countries, the particularities of different contexts need to be taken into account in order to have real value. Therefore, the focal questions in this colloquium will be: (1) How are the basic governance principles for nonprofit organizations translated to various specific contexts; and (2) what are the challenges and remedies to succeed in this translation process?
Post-conference Symposium: Still in the planning stages we are working with BoardSource and others to create a Saturday afternoon session which will aim to bridge the gap between theory and practice while focusing on one or more particularly pressing issues facing our sector.
In other news: We have updated our website and posted a list of conferences and their call for papers that we think would be of interest to section members. This list includes other association meetings such as ISTR, AOM, and AAPAM. We are working on improved communication with section members, this includes better utilization of ARNOVA website.
Please note that opportunities for section members exist to participate in planning and leadership, please let contact us if you are interested. Additionally, ideas and suggestions are always appreciated!
William Brown, Chair, Texas A&M University
Melissa Stone, Chair-Elect, University of Minnesota
Ruth Bernstein, Secretary, University of Washington Tacoma
Jurgen Willems, Treasurer, Universität Hamburg
Fredrik Andersson, Member-at-Large, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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