2018 AGM Meeting Minutes

April 2nd, 2019

Friday, 13th April 2018 (12.30 – 13.00)
McEwan Hall - Foyer 5

Attendance list: see attached file.

1. Minutes

Minutes from the 2017 AGM are distributed and unanimously approved. They will be put on the website after approval.

2. President’s items

3. Announcements

SIGs. The board approved a new SIG of Public Sector Human Resource Management, the renewal of the Accounting and Accountability SIG, as well as the Public Service Motivation SIG report.

4. Constitutional Amendments
The following amendments (in italic) to the Constitution were proposed and put to a vote:

Article 1: Legal Status and Seat
1.1 The International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM)
IRSPM will consist of public management and policy implementation scholars and researchers from different countries. This organization will have the status of a non-profit society (‘Verein’) under the laws of Switzerland. IRSPM has its legal seat at Schanzeneckstrasse 1, 3001 Bern, Switzerland, as has been agreed on by means of a memorandum of understanding with the ‘the Kompetenzzentrum für Public Management’ at the Bern University.

Justification: identifying a legal seat in Switzerland is the condition to keep IRSPM under Swiss regulation and hence keep the IRSPM bank account in Switzerland.

Approved unanimously.

Add to article 7 the following
“7.12. At the AGM specific issues can be proposed for decision by electronic ballot of IRSPM members to take place before the next AGM.”

Justification: this allows the AGM to decide on a specific issue before the following AGM. However, an electronic ballot can only take place on the issue specifically identified at the AGM.

Approved with 1 abstention, none opposing.

5. Conference Manager’s report
The conference manager presents his report, discussing conference policies around budget, ex-ordo system, early-bird registration fee, gender, priority given to SIGs, continuation of members’ survey. The length of the conference is discussed (ie, whether the last day should remain a full or a half day), and the usefulness of making the programme available earlier, as well as the usefulness of making the programme of a single individual visible are discussed. Possible future seats of the conference in 2020 and following years are discussed.

6. Treasurer’s report
The Treasurer presents the results for the closing FY and the outcomes of the work of the spending committee. In the light of such work, the ideas are advanced to allocate 10,000 euros to support attendance from developing countries in 2019, while creating an endowment account to manage the cumulated surplus. To ensure that IRSPM members can vote once more information is available on these two issues, a proposal is put forward for an electronic ballot to take place before the next AGM re the decisions on the grant system and the endowment account.

The proposal is approved unanimously.

7. Elections
The President presents the results of the electronic vote for 2018. The results are as follows.

President - Jenny Lewis
VP Latin America - Ricardo Gomes
At Large members –
Christine Flynn
Deborah Blackman
Madeline Powell
VP Eastern Europe Gyorgy Hanal
Election Secretary Mariafrancesca Sicilia

A proposal is advanced for an electronic ballot to take place before the next AGM re constitutional amendments related to IRSPM board elections. The proposal is approved with one member opposing and no abstentions.

Suggestions are advanced to break the links between membership/attendance to conference and to look at when the board members start their roles, to ensure better hand-over.

8. AOB