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Strategic Review on Association Development: International Trends, Issues and Options

By: Terrance Barkan , Association Global Services
Published: July 2005

This whitepaper, authored by Terrance Barkan of Association Global Services, addresses international trends and the implications and strategies relevant to your association.

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Executive Summary

Globalization is a well entrenched and rapidly evolving paradigm that has direct and profound implications for trade and professional associations, foundations and other not-for-profit organizations.

In response to a request from association clients for generic reference information on the current state of international development issues, Association Global Services has developed this document, “Association Development – International Trends, Issues and Options” as a white paper for public dissemination.

The paper is designed to answer the following commonly asked questions:

1) What is driving change?
2) What kind of change is taking place, and at what pace?
3) What are the implications of this change for my organization?
4) What strategies and tactics are available to master the implications?

The paper is not a proscriptive “how to” or “one size fits all” answer to international development issues for a given association. Every not-for-profit organization has a distinct stakeholder community with different objectives and measures of success, is at a different development stage and operates within a unique environment depending on its field of activity and interest.

The paper is best used as a reference document to stimulate a discussion, guiding both staff and volunteer leaders to ask the right questions that will result in a more clear understanding of what “International” really means for their organization. This, in turn, can help steer the development of a solid strategy and approach for those associations, foundations and other not-for-profit groups that want to participate in the growing opportunities of our fast changing world.

Association Global Services (AGS) is a worldwide provider of professional management services for the not-for-profit community. The author, Terrance Barkan, is the founder and CEO of AGS.
(See appendix for Author biography)

NOTICE: All material in this report, text, images, titles and format are copyright property of Association Global Services unless otherwise attributed to other sources. No part of this document may be reproduced without the express written permission of Association Global Services. Not-for-profit groups may make use of this material for internal use only so long as the source of the document is included in all reproduced material.

© 2005 Association Global Services International Association Development


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