Member privileges include the ability to sponsor, participate, and petition the Executive Director for Committees and Congresses that pursue research and act as stewards for industry knowledge. If elected to a Committee or Congress, this stewardship could include the voting rights to help decide knowledge content and industry best practice standards.
As a US based non-profit organization, AIMS relies heavily on volunteers from its membership base to assist in its mission. There are several areas where volunteer opportunities exist. In all cases your contribution for AIMS is noted, and can lead to co-author or co-editor credentials on AIMS publications, and/or lead to recognition as the original author/inventor of new industry knowledge.
AIMS is constantly working to establish partnership opportunities with other likeminded organizations, and part of our membership is to be able to access to these partnerships. Further, you must be a member to submit papers, make proposals for new publications, and/or participate on a committee or congress.
Further, while membership in the association does not include voting rights to elect board members, it does include voting rights to elect the Advisory Board Members (a non-voting advisory board to the Board of Directors), who have the chance to influence institution wide decisions, policies, and spending.
There are many opportunities to work on an AIMS Congress as a voting member. Time commitments can range based upon your desired level of contribution, interest in the topic under consideration, or desire to see knowledge managed in a particular field. The members of a Congress set their own schedule. Typical time commitments range from 3 to 4 hours per month on review projects, to potentially much more time on projects designed to research and create new knowledge, should you elect to assume a primary role on the effort.
Congresses are sponsored by the Executive Director concerning industry knowledge specific to the field of Management Science. The charter of each congress is focused on determining the scientific accuracy and relevance of existing, new, or proposed changes to an AIMS Framework or other body of knowledge under AIMS stewardship or proposed stewardship. Congresses are comprised of volunteer, current active AIMS members in good standing. Serving on a Congress is a good way to participate in contributing to and shaping industry knowledge. Congress participants are noted in association records along with the individual contributions they make.
Call for Papers
Beginning in 2011 AIMS is posting call for papers to populate its primary journal “AIMS Journal of Management Science”. Each journal will have a specific topic and area of research concerning a discipline in the field of Management Science. An editor’s topic schedule shall be published at least 4 months before each publication. Article submittals undergo two reviews, a peer review and then selection for publication by a Congress formed for each publication.
Petition for a Congress
In the pursuit of the identification of new knowledge, members may petition the Executive Director to form Congresses to explore new areas of study, revisit past research, or challenge existing knowledge. AIMS Research Foundation uses two forms of deliberative assemblies, each with very different charters.
Committees are sponsored by the association Board of Directors to research and provide recommendations concerning institutional matters. These matters can range from organizational recommendations, changes in mission, identification of/or new operating models, and so on. Members are selected by the Board and serve as volunteers working under a defined charter to provide a recommendation back to the Board concerning the topic under consideration. Committees have a lifespan of 90 days, working between Board meetings to develop their recommendation.
Active Congresses and Calls for Participation in upcoming Congresses are posted on the association website.