The name of the society shall be 'The Association of Business Historians' hereafter referred to as the 'Association'.
The objective of the Association is to promote the study, teaching and publication of all aspects of the history of business and industry, and of the environment in which they operate.
Membership is open to individuals on an annual basis. The rate of subscription will be that determined by the Council of the Association, as ratified at a General Meeting of the Association.
- Benefits of Membership
Paid up members of the Association will receive, twice yearly, a Newsletter designed to provide information on developments and events in business history, and to carry news, views and correspondence. In addition the Association will organize a residential conference on an annual basis.
- General Meetings
The General Meeting of the Association will be held alongside the annual conference at the conference venue. An Extraordinary General Meeting may be convened by the voting members of the Council of the Association or at the written request of ten or more members, to be held within six weeks of the receipt of such a request by the Secretary. The quorum for all General Meetings shall be ten members of the Association.
- Executive Committee and Officers
The officers and members of the Executive Committee, to be called the Council of the Association, will usually comprise the following members: a President; a Secretary; a Treasurer; a Communications Officer; an Archives Officer; a Slaven Doctoral Workshop Organizer, the current Coleman Prize winner, and organizer for the next year’s annual conference (‘the Conference Organizer’). In addition, the President, in consultation and agreement with the majority of the Council, has the power to co-opt the Association's Webmaster, and the immediate Past-President, if they are not already on Council. The Council may, at its discretion, choose to co-opt one additional member of the Association on to Council for an agreed period of time, in addition to the Webmaster. This contingency will be implemented to enhance strategic decision taking, or where unforeseen circumstances threaten to disrupt the effective operation of the Council's work. Any fully paid-up member of the Association will be eligible to serve as a co-opted Council member. All Council members have voting rights, apart from the Webmaster, Past President and any additional co-opted members.
- Period of Office
All elected members of the Council of the Association will hold office for a period of three years. Elected members of the Council of the Association will retire in rotation annually, as required. The Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Officer, Archives Officer, and Slaven Doctoral Workshop Organizer, can stand for re-election for a consecutive second term. The Coleman Prize winner will hold office for one year, but in those cases where there is no competition in the following year, they remain on Council for a further year. The Conference Organizer will hold office for one year. If co-opted, the Webmaster will hold office for one year but with the possibility of being renewed by the President on an annual basis. The Coleman Prize winner, Conference Organizer and Webmaster are eligible to hold an elected post on the Council at the same time or to stand for an elected post on the Council.
- Election of Members of the Council of the Association and Officers
The election of members of the Council of the Association shall be by ballot of the currently paid-up members of the Association. A call for nominations will be circulated prior to the Annual Conference. Nominations duly signed by the proposed Council members, and seconded, must be received by the Secretary six weeks prior to the date of the General Meeting. A ballot will then be conducted and the results declared at the General Meeting and published on the ABH website and in the newsletter. Elected places on the Council of the Association will become available each year by rotation. There will be different elections for the offices of President and the other office holders. The allocation of the Council posts of Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Officer, Archives Officer, and Slaven Doctoral Workshop Organizer, is made and approved by the Council. Co-opted members of Council may subsequently stand for election in the normal way.
- Past Presidents
Notwithstanding the arrangements listed in clauses 6, 7 and 8 above, if the Council chooses to co-opt the retiring President, immediately on completing their three-year term, they can only stay in council for one further year. Former Presidents will not be eligible for re-election as a voting member of Council until two years after they cease to be a member (voting or non-voting) of the Council of the Association.
- Payment of Expenses
All members of the Council of the Association, including past Presidents serving a fourth year, are entitled to be reimbursed their expenses incurred in attending Council meetings except for any such meeting which is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference/Annual General Meeting.
- General conduct of affairs by the Council of the Association
Appended to this constitution is a set of current guidelines which, while not binding on members of the Council of the Association, forms a set of practices which have underlined the development of the Association to date and provide guidance as to future development.
- Winding-up and disposal of funds
The Association may only be dissolved by resolution of a General Meeting. Any surplus funds or other assets shall be disposed of for charitable purposes agreed upon by a General Meeting.