CASE Association By-laws

Article I. Name of the Organization

The name of this non-profit organization shall be “The Case Association,” hereinafter referred to as “CASE.” 

Article II. Purpose

CASE shall operate as a non-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of collegial encouragement/mentoring/promoting of those interested in all case study activities. Such activities shall include, but not be limited to, developing, writing, presenting, teaching, publishing, and researching case materials for any type of organization. CASE shall encourage its members and foster all methods consistent with this expressed purpose.

Article III. Membership

CASE shall have the following classes of members: Fellow, Member, Student Member, and Reciprocal Member. Membership shall be renewed annually.

Section 1. Fellow The highest honor bestowed by CASE, but still a voting member. Admission to Fellow status can only be attained upon following voting rules determined by current fellows. All fellows shall act in an advisory capacity to the Executive Committee, and especially to the President.

Section 2. Member A member may be a faculty member (full time, part time, or adjunct), an academic administrator, or manager of a non-academic organization. Each member in good standing has one vote.

Section 3. Student Member Undergraduate and graduate students, having no voting rights, shall constitute this category. Student member dues shall be less than other categories; however, students are not permitted to vote.

Section 4. Reciprocal Member This type of membership may be granted to officers of other case associations in exchange for in-kind membership for CASE officers. Approval shall reside with the Executive Committee.

Article IV. Organization Structure

Section 1. Officers and Their Duties The following are the CASE officers and their corresponding duties:
a. President: The President shall:

  • Be the chief executive officer of CASE and, as such, is
  • Responsible for all activities of CASE pursuant to the purpose of CASE, subject to the Constitution, and the policies of the Executive Committee;
  • Preside at all meetings of CASE, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee (this duty may be delegated);
  • Appoint all committees in consultation with the Executive Committee;
  • Present an annual report on the state of CASE; o Be an ex-officio member of all committees.

b. Vice President of Programs: This position may be divided into two parts with two individuals being responsible for each segment, one for the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute (NEDSI) and the other for the Eastern Academy of Management (EAM). This person(s) shall:

  • Coordinate all activities for the EAM meeting;
  • Make all final decisions regarding each program;
  • Be responsible for organizing and integrating the annual meeting with the appropriate coordinator of EAM;
  • Be responsible for obtaining and coordinating reviewers;
  • Be responsible for obtaining and delivering final copy of all cases, reviews, and symposia summaries to the Proceedings Editor;
  • Collect dues and transfer such dues to the Treasurer within thirty business days of conclusion of the particular conference.
  • Be responsible for generating and disseminating the annual Call for Papers.

c. Vice President of Membership. This person shall:

  • Maintain a current and accurate file of all members;
  • Develop a strategy and network for membership expansion;
  • Coordinate with the Vice President of Programs a list of available quality reviewers.

d. Treasurer. This person shall:

  • Be responsible for all income and expenses of CASE;
  • Provide the Executive Committee with a semi-annual report;
  • Report at the annual meetings the financial state of CASE;
  • Receive dues collected by the organization).
  • Maintain custody of the funds and disburse them upon authorization of the appropriate officer. o File appropriate required tax and informational forms.

e. Secretary. This person shall:

  • Keep minutes of all Executive Committee meetings;
  • Keep minutes of all annual meetings;
  • Provide a current contact list of all Executive Committee members.

f. Track Chairs. Track chairs will be appointed by the President in agreement with the Executive Committee. The Track Chairs shall:

  • Be responsible for developing activities for the annual programs, in collaboration with the Vice President(s) for Programs;
  • Help in obtaining qualified reviewers;
  • Aid in cultivating new members.

g. Journal Editor. This person shall be responsible for:

  • developing and producing The CASE Journal on a regular schedule of at least two issues per academic year. A full description of the editor’s responsibilities is on file with the current editor and the president. The editor shall have the right to assign associate editors and invite members to serve on the Editorial Review Board at his/her discretion.
  • The editor shall be appointed by the president based on recommendations of a committee consisting of the president, current editor, and at least one Fellow, and shall serve a three year term.

Section II. Board of Directors.
The Board shall be an advisory body of CASE. Although all operational matters reside with the President and the Executive Committee, the Board will advise the Executive Committee on the overall goals and strategic direction of CASE. The Board will consist of the Executive Committee, Fellows, and other appointed directors. The president will chair all meetings of the Board. A simple majority of those Board Members attending the annual meeting is necessary for selection of additional directors to the Board. The term of each such additional Director shall be three years. Reappointments can be made by a simple majority of the Board members present at the annual meeting. A list of Directors and their terms will be maintained by the President and the Secretary.

Section III. Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall be the operating body of CASE. The Executive Committee shall consist of all officers as contained in Section IV of this Article and the immediate past president of CASE. Also, the Executive Committee may add members at any time as it sees fit. a. Meetings. The Executive Committee must meet a minimum of two times per year. The Committee will meet in December to help the Vice President(s) of Programs and the Proceedings Editor. The Committee will also meet at the annual meeting. It is advisable, but not mandatory, for the Committee to meet in August to plan for the upcoming year’s activities. All meetings except the meeting at EAM may be electronic.

Section IV. Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee shall nominate candidates for all vacant or vacating officers’ positions. The Committee shall consist of one Fellow, one current member of the Board who is not an officer, and one officer whose term will not expire in the year for which elections are being held. The Committee shall establish its own procedures, as long as they are not in violation of the procedures contained in this Constitution.

Section V. Tenure of Officers

  1. Terms of Office. All officers except for the Vice President(s) of Programs and the Journal Editor shall have two year terms of office. The two excepted positions shall have three year terms.
  2. Eligibility for Office. Only members in good standing are eligible for office. An officer may be reelected for the same position but shall not exceed three such continuous appointments.
  3. Officer Vacancies. If an elected officer cannot complete a term, the Board of Directors may appoint a member to complete the unexpired term.

Article V. Election of Officers.

Section 1.
The Nominating Committee shall nominate one or more persons for the officers detailed in Article IV, Section I of this Constitution. Nominations shall take place prior to March 1 of the year any officer’s position expires or becomes vacant. Nominations may also be accepted from the floor at the Annual Meeting.
Section II.
Elections. All elections shall be conducted by secret ballot at the Annual Meeting. A majority vote of those members voting shall be required for election. Section III.
Notification. All nominees and members will be notified by the Secretary of the election results.

Article VI. Archives

The archives of CASE will be maintained by the secretary, with a back-up maintained by the president.

Article VII. Meetings

CASE will hold an annual meeting at the annual meeting of the Eastern Academy of Management, where all official business meeting activities will be conducted.

Article VIII. Dues and Fees

The annual dues are assigned for each class of membership as stipulated in Article III and all fees will be set by the Executive Committee.

Article IX. Rules of Procedure

The revised edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern CASE in all meetings, except if they conflict with this Constitution.

Article X. Constitutional Amendments

Section I.
Proposals. Amendments to this Constitution shall be submitted to the membership for approval by either: a) A majority vote of the Board of Directors, or b) A written request from 5 members in good standing.
Section II.
Ballot. Following the procedure stated in Section I of this Article, this Constitution may be amended by a majority of ballots returned. This vote shall be taken by email ballot. No amendment shall be considered to be adopted unless a minimum of twenty-five percent of the members in good standing have voted.
Closing date of the ballot shall be no more than thirty (30) days after the mailing date.
The results of the ballot must be reported by the Secretary at both the Annual Meeting and through the newsletter.

Approval Date: January, 1998
Amendment Date: May, 2003
Proposal Date: April, 2009
Approved Date: May, 2009