Governance, Management, and Resources

Robert J. Bennett

in Local Business Voice

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584734
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731105 | DOI:
Governance, Management, and Resources

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This chapter shows how the resources underpinning the early chambers predominantly came from subscriptions, but shifted progressively to user fees, and after the 1970s were supplemented by government contracts. This has changed the relation between members and the chambers, but analysis of management practices demonstrates that subscriptions were, and remain, a critical influence on member decisions. The governance of chambers has evolved from purely voluntary elected officers to a professional staff of contract managers. The tensions in this shift are analysed, together with possible influences on ‘management sorting’. Analysis of committee structures shows a broadening to encompass wider interests and sector structures, and to respond to government threats.

Keywords: Professionalization; voluntary officers; government contacts; committee structures; subscriptions; fees and pricing; business sectors

Chapter.  13747 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business History

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