Meaning of Agenda
The literary meaning of the term ‘agenda’ is ‘things to be done’. In practice, agenda means the items or issues to be discussed or transacted in a meeting. Preparing the agenda and circulating them to the concerned members is a pre-requisite of a valid meeting. Agenda are prepared by company secretary under the direction of board of director’s. The objectives of an agenda include to –
- familiarize participants with the topics to be discussed and issues to be raised,
- indicate what prior knowledge would be expected from the participants, and
- indicate what outcome the participants may expect from the meeting.
According to Rajendra Pal & Korlahalli, “Agenda is a document that outlines the contents of a forth coming meeting.”
In the opinion of Quible and others, “An agenda is a written document that lists the topics to be discussed during a meeting.”
A company holds different kinds of meetings throughout the year. Every meeting is likely to discuss different business issues. Such issues of discussion are known as agenda. It is the responsibility of manages, to inform the agenda to all the participants before holding the meeting. In many cases, the agenda are included in the notice of the meeting. As a result, the participants can actively participate in the meeting.