Books and Research
Learn about larger trends affecting association governance and volunteer leaders
ASAE’s future-focused environmental-scanning research initiative identifies 50 drivers of change important to associations. Each is described in an action brief that examines its implications and offers ideas for steps associations can take to respond to the trend. The drivers most pertinent to board management include:
- A World Reshaped by COVID. This new action brief provides insights and strategies for navigating the uncertainty and pandemic-related shifts that will last through the early 2020s.
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This action brief, updated in 2021, explores why inclusion and equity efforts should be treated as a systemic priority, supported by a new generation of tools and processes.
- Volunteering. Cultural, demographic, and technological changes are altering volunteer expectations and experiences. This action brief looks at how associations and nonprofits are experimenting with more flexible roles and structures to support collaboration and contribution.
Benchmarking in Association Management, Policies and Procedures, Vol. 2 (2018)
Compare your association’s practices against others of similar size and type. This resource focuses on key considerations in five functional areas of association management, including governance. The data, collected from responses to the ASAE Research Foundation’s Benchmarking in Association Management surveys, gives you a firsthand look at what other organizations are doing in those areas.
Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations, 10th Anniversary Edition (2021)
By Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers, CAE
An ASAE bestseller updated for a pandemic-altered world, this new edition serves as a guidebook for association staff and volunteers leading and making decisions for their organizations in a dramatically changed environment. Practical tools like worksheets, checklists, and case studies help you kick off thought-provoking discussions.
Recruit the Right Board: Proven Processes for Selecting Critical Competencies (2019)
By Mark Engle, FASAE, CAE, and William Brown
This book provides CEOs with a framework for recruitment, nomination, and selection processes to build a board with the right mix of skills, knowledge, and other characteristics to perform optimally.