Message from President

 

SMoustafaPicociety for Advancement of Management, Inc. (SAM) is a nonprofit organization established in 1912 and founded for the purpose of promoting scientific study of the principles governing organized efforts in industrial and economic life. Today, we fulfill this mission through the study of management theory and practice.

Using the technical, human, and conceptual skills definition of managerial skills needed by an effective administrator, SAM concerns itself with the conceptual skills; seeing the forest for the trees.  As such, every individual in any specialty should join an organization in his/her field of specialization in addition to SAM.

Our campus chapters serve students by providing them with an opportunity to practice leadership by serving as officers of local chapters and participating in the annual case competition; now in its 30th year. Chapter activities provide an excellent opportunity through student engagement to complement the theories studied in the classroom. SAM has served tens of thousands of students throughout the years. To grow intellectually from a business perspective, everyone needs to be part of SAM and its thinking framework.

Central to the organization, members and others attend the annual SAM International Business Conference. These conferences provide an opportunity for faculty members, industry professionals, and business students to present papers before their peers. The SAM Advanced Management Journal, a refereed publication in its 78th year, provides an opportunity for faculty members and others to publish their research.   Interested individuals can join SAM, register for the Conference, or subscribe to the journal.

We are introducing a new program where campus chapters can invite professional business leaders to be members of the campus chapter and serve as mentors to students.  This is a valuable way to engage students and help them prepare for future employment.

SAM is above all a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to education of its members and society. These programs are funded through member dues, conference fees, subscriptions for publications and copyright fees. The organization is managed by many volunteer members and a very small paid staff. This collection of individuals have succeeded in keeping our cost of operations very low and allowed us to have few dues increases.

I am honored to serve as President and CEO of SAM for many years.  We are always looking for talented individuals to help serve as members of the Board of Directors, serve on the editorial board of the Journal, start a campus chapter, or volunteer to help in a new way.

Feel free to contact me to get involved.

Best wishes.

Moustafa H. Abdelsamad
SAM President and CEO