A new season for Italian corporateism
by Alberto Pastore
as you know, about a year ago a process was launched aimed at redefining the structure and methods of collaboration between the Scientific Societies of the company area, carried out by a Commission constituted by the presidents of the 7 SISR, ADEIMF, ASSIOA, AISME). The design phase has been completed and shared with the Boards of the various companies and will shortly lead, where the relevant Shareholders' Meetings approve it, to the revision of the statutes of the companies mentioned and the implementation of the new model. The project is presented in detail in the document published on the SIMA website. I think it is appropriate and useful to summarize below the rationale, the objectives, the solutions identified, the operational implications, the timing of the related activities.
The historical phase we are experiencing is characterized by great discontinuities and the system of Italian academic corporateism is called upon to provide its associates, especially the younger ones, with concrete collective support to safeguard their interests and to favor the occurrence of the conditions suitable for better conduct of their business. The demand for an economic-corporate culture latu sensu is growing among all the reference interlocutors, be they students, companies, institutions, so it is necessary to equip oneself to satisfy it adequately. We believe that some current and prospective conditions of the national academic context may jeopardize the tendential ability to face these challenges. Hence the need to define a new model of collaboration between scientific societies aimed at maximizing our effectiveness.
B) Strategic objectives of the aggregate model
C) The articulation of activities at a common (AIDEA) or specific (sector company) level
The logic that allows you to trace the perimeter of common activities, for the benefit of all, is inspired by efficiency and effectiveness. Therefore, activities carried out at a common level will be those in which: the size of the membership base is relevant in terms of the expected final result (for example, relationship activities with the Institutions); the common level gives greater balance and reliability to the results (e.g. accreditations, rankings); the common level allows relevant synergies and / or avoids overlapping (for example, didactic school). At the specific level of companies in the sector, activities of a scientific nature are expressed in particular, such as the organization of conferences and workshops, the management of journals, the promotion of research groups and projects, partnerships with scientific societies or international conferences , the organization of research methodology schools. Furthermore, at a specific level, relations with the associative base, with the territory, with the productive world develop. All other activities not expressly referred to the common level are to be referred to the specific level.
The membership bases of the Sector Companies and the common level (the new AIDEA) coincide. The sector companies acquire the shareholders, who also automatically become shareholders of the new AIDEA, thus being able to benefit from the common activities. In this way, moreover, the effective and proportional representativeness of all scientific sectors is guaranteed at the common level.
E) The governance of the "New AIDEA"
From the SIMA perspective, all of the above can be shared also in light of the fact that in the new AIDEA the role of SIMA and P / 08 will be very relevant. In fact, the new governance is inspired by two fundamental principles:
1. Strong integration with leading companies in the sector
2. The fair representation of the scientific sectors Therefore, the Board of Directors of the Nuova AIDEA will be composed of 17 members, of which:
It should be noted that the number of Directors of the P / 08 goes from the 3 currently present in the AIDEA Council to the 5 foreseen by the new Statute of the new AIDEA . The President will be appointed by the Council from among the elected Directors.
G) Path for the approval and implementation of the new model
The implementation of the aggregate model provides for the modification of the statutes of all the scientific societies involved. AIDEA proceeded in this sense at the Assembly held on 15 September. The other Scientific Societies will address the issue all together during a one-day event to be held on 6 December in Rome and in which:
The new structure will be operational from 1 January 2018.
As SIMA we have carried out this project with conviction, in concert with SIM, believing that the new model can:
After approval by all the Shareholders' Meetings, from 1 January 2018 the collaboration between the Scientific Societies of the corporate area will be regulated according to the principles of the so-called "Aggregate Model".
Trusting that you share the meaning and value of this important initiative, I send you my best regards.