American Society of Association Executives Foundation Membership Engagement Models of the Future Award January 15, 2014
What do individual association members think about their association membership? What do they value and what do they want to see associations provide in the future? This case study uses face-to-face interviews and focus groups with 12 international Ph.D. students enrolled in a Public Administration and Management program at a major university in Texas to provide answers to these questions. The research offers an understanding of how people from diverse cultures view professional associations. The Ph.D. students were also asked about the importance of their association as a means for building ties and making connections with others, and about volunteering. We do not attempt to generalize our findings to other students or association members but case study research may yield information useful for theory building. We hope that our inquiry will be helpful for associations as they seek to create innovative models of engagement for members in an increasingly globalized world.
Original Publication Citation
Dicke, L.A., & Saitgalina, M. (2014). How can professional membership associations provide meaningful value for their members?: Creating models of affiliation and engagement. American Society of Association Executives Foundation Membership Engagement Models of the Future Award, January 15, 2014 (pp. 1-87). Washington, D.C.: American Society of Association Executives Foundations.
Dicke, Lisa A. and Saitgalina, Marina, "How Can Professional Membership Associations Provide Meaningful Value for their Members?: Creating Models of Affiliation and Engagement" (2014). School of Public Service Faculty Publications. 20.