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The Association for Business Communication (ABC) is the primary academic organization for the field of business communication scholarship, research, education and practice. The mission statement on its website reflects this: “The Association for Business Communication (ABC) is an international organization committed to fostering excellence in business communication scholarship, research, education, and practice.” Much of the strength of the organization rests in its interdisciplinary nature. Members belong to such varied academic fields as Management, Marketing, English, Foreign Languages, Speech, Communication, Linguistics, and Information Systems. Additionally the organization brings together university academicians, business practitioners, and business consultants. Contents 1 Organizational structure 2 Publications 2.1 Journal of Business Communication 2.2 Business Communication Quarterly 2.3 Standing Committees, Ad Hoc Committees and Interest Groups 3 History 4 External links Organizational structure ABC is an international organization, divided into eight regional divisions, each with its own separate academic conferences. The regions are Europe, Asia and Pacific Rim, Caribbean and Central America, and five North American regions (Canada plus Eastern, Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest United States). Each year the entire membership meets at the International Convention in October or November. Midyear, two regional conferences are held—one in the European region and the other in one of the North American regions. The Asia and Pacific Rim region holds a conference every two years. At the International Convention and at the regional conferences, members come together to share research in business communication, participate in workshops, and network. A Board of Directors and an Executive Committee lead the ABC. The Board of Directors is directly elected with a Vice President elected from each of 8 regions and 12 directors at large, with staggered terms. The executive committee consists of a permanent position of Executive Director and four officers of the Association. The members of the executive committee serve for four years in rotating capacity, beginning as second vice president in the first year, then first vice president the next, president the next, and past president the last year on the committee. The organization as a whole elects the second vice president position from among candidates on the Board of Directors. The current Executive Director of the ABC is Dr. Betty S. Johnson of (Stephen F. Austin State University). She took office in 2007, succeeding Robert J. Myers of Baruch College in that position. When she took office, the headquarters of the ABC moved with her from New York City to Nacogdoches, Texas where Stephen F. Austin State University is located. For 2007-2008 the Executive Committee consists of President Dr. Roger Conaway (University of Texas at Tyler), First Vice President Dr. James Dubinsky (Virginia Tech), Second Vice President, Deborah Valentine (Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA), and Immediate Past President Dr. Jackie Harrison (AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand). Publications The ABC publishes two widely respected refereed journals: The Journal of Business Communication (JBC) and the Business Communication Quarterly (BCQ). For several years these two journals have borne the imprint of Sage Research Publications of Thousand Oaks, California. Journal of Business Communication JBC was founded in 1963. At the time (and for several decades) it remained the only journal devoted solely to business communication theory. In its own words on the ABC website JBC “publishes manuscripts that contribute to knowledge and theory of business communication as a distinct, multifaceted field approached through the administrative disciplines, the liberal arts, and the social sciences.” JBC summarizes its research focus as devoted to articles which contribute to knowledge and theory of business communication as a distinct, multifaceted field approached through the administrative disciplines, the liberal arts, and the social sciences. Accordingly, JBC seeks manuscripts that address all areas of business communication including but not limited to business composition/technical writing, information systems, international business communication, management communication, and organizational and corporate communication. In addition, JBC welcomes submissions concerning the role of written, verbal, nonverbal and electronic communication in the creation, maintenance, and performance of profit and not for profit business. The current editor-in-chief of the JBC is Dr. Margaret Baker Graham of Iowa State University. The last several editors-in-chief of JBC have been in Iowa State University's English Department, which also devotes office space and resources to JBC and to the Journal of Business and Technical Communication. Business Communication Quarterly Business Communication Quarterly was founded in 1937. In its earlier years, BCQ was known as the Bulletin of the ABCA and later the Bulletin of the ABC. It took on its present name in 1994. In its own words on the ABC website, BCQ is “devoted to the teaching of business communication, which is a broad, interdisciplinary field.” BCQ summarizes the focus of its articles as - discussions of issues and methods for teaching business communication in a variety of settings: two–year college, technical institute, four-year college, university, corporate or agency training program, and the like - case studies of specific classroom techniques - tutorials on business communication processes or products, especially innovations in electronic technology that need to be introduced into the classroom - research on classroom teaching or assessment - summary reviews of literature on teaching business communication - book reviews—reviews of both textbooks and other items of interest to teachers - reports on strategies for program development The current editor of BCQ is Dr. Kathryn Riley of Illinois Institute of Technology. Standing Committees, Ad Hoc Committees and Interest Groups The ABC has 17 standing committees, as follow: 1. Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Liaison 2. Business Practices Committee 3. Community College Committee 4. Convention Procedures Committee 5. Diversity Initiative Committee 6. Employment Opportunities Committee 7. Intercultural Communication Committee 8. International Issues Committee 9. Modern Language Association (MLA) Liaison Committee 10. Nominations Committee 11. Publications Board 12. Research Committee 13. Review of the Executive Director Committee 14. Student Competition Committee 15. Teaching Committee 16. Undergraduate Studies Committee 17. Web Board The ABC has Ad Hoc Committees for interests that have not yet warranted a Standing Committee, but may in the future become so. Many of the Standing Committees began as Ad Hoc Committees. In 2006 has four Ad Hoc Committees: 1. Marketing of ABC 2. Non-Tenure Track Faculty 3. Professional Ethics 4. Retired Members Additionally, ABC members pursue a number of professional objectives through voluntary interest groups. Interest group may be convened by the First Vice President or by members’ current interest groups. In 2006, the ABC had the following five Interest Groups: 1. MBA Consortium 2. Business Practices 3. Consultants' Interest Group 4. Intercultural Communication 5. Rhetoric Special Interest Group History ABC was founded in 1936, beginning with a modest membership of 72 members, all but one from the United States (the only exception being from Canada). The organization, based at the University of Illinois, was then named the “Association of College Teachers of Business Writers.” The next year, 1937, that name changed to the “American Business Writing Association.” By the 1960s, the field had grown considerably and became heavily interested in areas well beyond business writing (such as oral presentations, negotiations, and nonverbal communication among others). In 1967, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the organization to the “American Business Communication Association” to reflect this change. By the late 1970s, as the membership of the organization grew to include more member from outside the Americas and as the focus of research expanded heavily into the fields of intercultural communication and cross-cultural business communication practice, the term “American” became increasingly inaccurate of both the membership and focus of the organization. In 1985, the Board of Directors voted to change the name to its current “Association for Business Communication.” In 1990, ABC moved its headquarters from Illinois first to the University of North Texas (1990–1994) and then to Baruch College CUNY in New York City (from 1994–2007). Presently, the ABC is headquartered at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. External links Association for Business Communication New Zealand Business Forum Communication