Mission:
dedicated to developing a specialized body of kn
owledge enabling MBOs to deliver more meaningful and transformative experiences to their members.

Research Initiative: Progress Update

Melos Institute's Universal Principles
 The following principles guide the study and analysis of membership-based organizations.

 See Indeed Relevant The Pivotal Role Associations Play in a Hyper-connected World for details.

 
Membership-based organizations are...

  • ubiquitous
  • boundary-defined
  • micro-democracies
  • change agents
  • relation-centered
  • citizen-dependent
  • leader-synergistic
  • development-focused
  • community-enhancing

2011
Phase I:
Defining the Role of MBOs in Advancing America's Potential

 

 The research initiative helped develop a "working model" - a relation-centered management model - as an alternative to governing and managing nonprofit membership-based organizations. These three working papers offer an underlying theoretical framework, set of universal principles, and critical functions for further discussion and study. Please review and offer your comments at the Institute's Community Forum


Indeed Relevant: Creating Place for Associations to Examine Issues and Discover Solutions in a Hyper-connected World

Indeed Relevant: The Pivotal Role Associations Play in a Hyper-Connected World

Indeed Relevant: A Relation-centered Management Model for Building a Highly-engaged Membership Community in a Hyper-connected World






Black & White Version (toner-saver)


Indeed Relevant: Creating a Place for Associations to Examine Issues and Discover Solutions in a Hyper-connected World - BW


Indeed Relevant: The Pivotal Role Associations Play in a Hyper-Connected World - BW


Indeed Relevant: A Relation-centered Management Model for Building a Highly-engaged Membership Community in a Hyper-connected World - BW

2012 - 2013
Phase
II:
Member Engagement Research Initiative

Because membership-based organizations are distinctive from other nonprofit & for-profit organizations, challenges surrounding member engagement must be explored.

This study is designed to work with the association management community to define the term, establish a means for its measurement & learn the patterns & trends that generate desired results.
 Learn more about the design of this unprecedented study that is just about ready to get underway...

Want to shape the discussion? Review the numerous opportunities to participate beyond sharing your thoughts and opinions. An open community discussion group will soon be formed to weigh in on this important issue.
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2013 Implementation
Online Collection Methodology


Starting mid-July 2013, 200 association professionals will be invited to offer their opinion on four key dimensions of member engagement. Their efforts will continue through mid-August. Information will be compiled for review and comment by any interested association professional through early November.



                                                  

Click here for more information about the methodology.

 

2013 Invitations to Participate

Core Group A - SAEs

Core Group A2 - SAEs

Core Group B - MI List

Core Group C - CBC

Core Group D - OSBC

Working Draft on Engagement Member Experience

Working Draft on Engagement Organizational Characteristics

Revised Working Draft on Member Engagement

 

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