What is IFSAM?

  • International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management is a federative organization whose members are management-related scholarly associations.
  • IFSAM strives to be the United Nations of academies pertaining to management around the world, to be the world wide policy body in management research, teaching and practice.

As stated in IFSAM’s statutes: The objectives of the Federation shall be the development of management research and teaching as a unified science and its advancement in all nations of the world. Means to these ends shall include:

  • Promoting the development of specific parts of management research and teaching.
  • Establishing and maintaining standards of competence in management research and teaching.
  • Sponsoring international conferences.
  • Providing other means for exchange of information on management research and teaching among associations of scholars throughout the world.
  • Encouraging the establishment of national and regional associations of scholars of management.

IFSAM Governance

IFSAM is governed by its Council which is entrusted with implementing IFSAM mission.

  • The Council is formed by two representatives from each member organization.
  • The Council, chaired by IFSAM’s President, is called for and meets at least once a year.
  • The Council members elect the IFSAM Executive Committee which is composed of the Past President, President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary and members at large. The Executive Committee is chaired by the President.
  • Council members elect a President-elect (for a year) who subsequently become President (for an additional year) and Past President (for a third and final year). The Treasurer, Secretary and members at large are elected for two years; their term can be renewed.
  • The Council meetings are an excellent opportunity to discuss issues and opportunities faced by member organizations.
  • The Council is also responsible for selecting the place, timing, and themes of IFSAM’s conferences.


IFSAM world congresses are unique and have as specific double aim to (1) regularly discuss the three topics of management research, education and practice at the world wide level and (2) get to know better the specificities of these issues in the country where the congress takes place.

What are the benefits of being a member?

  • IFSAM provides an opportunity for executive members of associations to meet with their peers and exchange ideas and suggestions that they can use to improve the functioning of their own associations.
  • The Council meetings provide a forum for interaction with other association representatives and discussion of issues pertaining to the management of their own association.
  • IFSAM Council meetings and conferences provide an opportunity to develop contacts, exchange ideas, and learn from the experiences of other associations.
  • IFSAM provides an opportunity to work together to support the development of academies of management in developing countries.

Who can become members?

  • IFSAM’s members are associations, rather than individuals.
  • (Inter)national academies of management can become full members of IFSAM.
  • Full (voting) members of IFSAM include established national associations or possibly a federation of national associations whose primary objective is the advancement of research and teaching of management.
  • The full membership fee is currently $1,250 (USD) per year.
  • Developing associations that are striving to become full members in the future may join IFSAM as associate members.
  • Please see How to Join for more information on joining IFSAM.