ERIC Number: EJ779210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 4
The Survival of Professional Organizations: A New Thrust
O'Neil, Sharon Lund; Forde, Connie M.
Delta Pi Epsilon Journal, v49 n1 p43-49 Win 2007
Perusing the pages of "A Chronology of Business Education in the United States" can bring only a sense of pride as history records the exemplary leadership and vision demonstrated by business educators to shape the field since business education was first taught in the Plymouth Colony in 1635. Since that time business education has recorded numerous milestones that have resulted in change and a shift in the mission of this field. These milestones include: (1) technology advances from manual typewriters to supercomputers to personal computers resulting in the dropping of "office" in many association names and the demise of some curricula; (2) the unification of business associations into the National Business Education Association; (3) the establishment of numerous special interest groups to serve business education; (4) the merger of a number of business organizations; (5) the establishment of at least two national symposiums to address the future of business education and business teacher education and the endowment of the Foundation for the Future of Business Education; and (6) key national legislation. The leaders' responses to these changes resulted in a vibrant, relevant field, rewarding careers for many business educators, and bright futures for the students of those educators. Having a deep appreciation for the past and commitment to the future of business education, the authors present three questions that must be addressed by professional organizations in the not-so-distant future: (1) What lessons can be learned from history?; (2) How can successful linkages and collaborations be established?; and (3) What should be the central mission of professional organizations in the future?
Descriptors: Business Education, Teacher Associations, Business Education Teachers, Institutional Mission, Organizational Effectiveness, Group Membership, Change Strategies, Institutional Cooperation, Organizational Change, Marketing, Conferences (Gatherings)
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