Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Management Information Systems

Committee Chair(s)

Lloyd W. Bartholome


Lloyd W. Bartholome


Edward Houghton


The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) organizations serve the business youth of today--the business leaders of tomorrow. These organizations, founded by Hamden L. forkner, have been in existence since 1942. The first FBLA chapter was chartered at Johnson City, Tennessee; and the first PBL chapter was charted at Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, (now the University of Northern Iowa).1

Chapter growth has been rapid with the latest figures showing 4,587 FBLA chapters and 461 PBL chapters now in existence in 44 states and 3 territories.2

The Utah state chapter of FBLA and PBL was chartered in 1971; there are now 34 FBLA and 8 PBL local chapters in Utah.3 Because of the rapid growth in Utah, as well as in other states, the need exists for an organized set of guidelines by which local chapters can function and toward which advisers may refer for advice and suggestions for chapter operations. It is this need with which the following study will deal. As a result of this study, a handbook will be developed that will be unique for Utah and FBLA and PBL chapters.


Department name when degree awarded: Business Education