ARTICLE 1, NATURE OF RC17
- The RC17 has been established in accordance with Article Four of the Statutes of the International Sociological Association (ISA).
- Funds for the RC17 may be raised from membership fees; grants and gifts from organizations or individuals; conferences; publications; investment of the committee's own capital; or any other means as the Board may decide in accordance with the principles set out in Article 2.
ARTICLE 2, THE AIMS OF RC17 ARE:
- to establish contacts and to encourage collaboration among scholars working in the field of the sociology of organizations throughout the world.
- to enhance international cooperation and exchange in theoretical and empirical research in the sociology of organisations.
- to link theoretical and empirical research in the sociology of organizations with related specialist fields or disciplines such as economics, industrial relations, organizational behavior, and management theory.
- to act as the international representative body of the sociology of organizations.
ARTICLE 3, ACTIVITIES OF RC17
The committee should:
- encourage research among its members and others and serve as a conduit for research ideas and collaboration internationally.
- organize sessions at meetings of the ISA.
- provide information on significant developments in the field through publications and other means such as regular newsletters, journals, and special conferences.
- sponsor international seminars of theoretical, methodological or substantive importance and sponsor international training seminars to add to the skills of researchers in the field.
ARTICLE 4, MEMBERSHIP
- Membership is open to any individual in good standing in the ISA who seeks membership through an interest in the sociology of organizations and pays the membership fee. In addition, any group, organization, or institution may become associate members with the approval of the Board.
- All members in good standing have the same voting rights, may nominate and be nominated as officers of the Board.
- All members shall be entitled to receive the RC17 Newsletter and any other publications of RC17.
ARTICLE 5, GOVERNING BODY (BOARD)
The composition of the Board will be:
- At least 6 other members
- Each member of the RC17's Board shall be a regular member of the ISA.
A general meeting of the members shall be held in conjuction with the ISA meeting. The Secretary shall announce to the membership the time and place of the general meeting at least three months in advance of the World Congress. The Board should meet at least twice between World Congresses: once two years after a World Congress to assess the work of RC17, and once before the General Meeting at the World Congress. The latter meeting will discuss the program of the upcoming Congress. A quorum of three members of the Board is required. At this meeting, or prior, the Board will draw up an Agenda for the Congress General Meeting. Election of the new Board will be on the Agenda. The new incoming Board will then meet after the General Meeting at the World Congress to plan activities for the following 4 years.
ARTICLE 6, ELECTION PROCEDURES
The members shall vote on the nominees for officers and Board Members at the general meeting of RC17 during the ISA World Congress. The term of office of Board members is four years (from one Congress to the next). The President and Secretary can only be elected for two terms.
Nominations for Board members may be lodged with current board members prior to or during the ISA Congress. Nominations for the positions will be presented, and, if there are more nominations than positions available, an election will be held separately for each of the officers and for Board members.
ARTICLE 7, RIGHTS AND RESPONSABILITIES OF OFFICERS
The Board is entrusted with the direction of the activities of the committee and to nominate a representative (and one alternate) to the Research Council of the ISA.
The President will preside over meetings of the Committee and its Board. The President will be responsible for seeing that sessions of RC17 at the ISA meetings are organized. The President will initiate and carry out policies in conformity with RC17's purposes as specified by the Board and the membership.
The Vice-President will assist the President and conduct activities delegated by the President.
The Secretary is responsible for communicating RC17's activities and plans to the members twice a year through the newsletter.
The Treasurer is in charge of the collection and distribution of funds. The Treasurer will prepare a report of the funds of the committee and send this report to the members every two years.
ARTICLE 8, RELATIONS WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Relations with other organizations may be established by the Board as is deemed useful or necessary in accordance with the aims and objectives of RC17.
ARTICLE 9, CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS TO STATUTES
Changes and amendments to the Statutes may be made at the Congress General Meeting.
Changes and amendments must be passed with a two thirds majority of the meeting.