Office History

​Over a half-century ago (1964) Schuyler F. Otteson and L.L. Waters of Indiana University and Charles Saunders and Sidney Feldman of the University of Kansas, gathered, as they later wrote, “on the occasion of the American Economic Association meeting” and planned our inaugural meeting in 1965.

MBAA INTERNATIONAL has become successful beyond even the great dreams of our founders. They established a culture of coordination and cooperation that still thrives.

More than 50 years later, MBAA International is still going strong. We’ve built on the innovative, interdisciplinary vision of these great leaders to become AMERICA’S BEST CONFERENCE VALUE!

 The MBAA INTERNATIONAL experience is the inviting feeling of the familiar and the excitement of the new.

The MBAA INTERNATIONAL experience is collegiality and fellowship, renewing friendships and making new ones.

The MBAA INTERNATIONAL experience is initiating and continuing dialogues about teaching and research.

The MBAA INTERNATIONAL experience is the rich mixture of attendees from colleges – large and small, public and private, governmental organizations, non-profit institutions, and the business community.

The MBAA INTERNATIONAL experience is Chicago — an incredible city with entertaining events, great food, and ‘round-the-clock action.

We’re flattered that other organizations have adopted our “multidisciplinary” experience but nobody has been doing it longer and many believe, nobody does it better than MBAA International – America’s long-term leader in low-cost, high-value integrative professional development.

Currently, there are 12 formal organizations that make up MBAA INTERNATIONAL:

  1. Academy of Business Economics
  2. Academy of Finance
  3. Association of International Business Research and Practice
  4. Business and Health Administration Association
  5. Business, Society, and Government
  6. International Society of Marketing
  7. Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  8. North American Accounting Society
  9. North American Management Society
  10. Operations Management and Entrepreneurship Association
  11. Society for Case Research
  12. Society for the Advancement of Information Systems

The leaders of the formal organizations are listed in the Leadership section of our site, as are members of the MBAA INTERNATIONAL Advisory Council, Past Presidents, Past Executive Directors, and the Executive Board.

Primary registrations for the various MBAA INTERNATIONAL organizations at the 2010 through 2019 annual meetings are shown in the following table:

Business, Society, and Government221917251817233028
Case Research616956767377696751
Health Administration6675707573979810377
Information Systems363024192229231415
International Business345955545270683851
Legal Studies644453536465635265
Operations Mgmt. & Entrepreneurship331628302618242115
MBAA International152524234321111717

These registrations tell only part of the story, as some participants support more than one organization through one or more secondary registrations. In 2011, there were 136 secondary registrations; in 2012, 119; in 2013, 100; in 2014, 108, in 2015, 83, in 2016, 106; and in 2017, 100; 2018, 160; and 2019, 127.

Useful programming, collegial networking, and exciting entertainment – all in a great city – and all at an incredibly great price – make MBAA INTERNATIONAL AMERICA’S BEST CONFERENCE VALUE!

Information about the 2023 Conference coming soon!

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