EMA was established in 1950 as CECIOS – the European Management Council by management associations in UK, Germany, Greece and the Netherlands. It was the European Chapter of CIOS – The World Management Council. Actually, it was the Confederation of the Management Associations in Europe and its main scope was, and still is, to increase the penetration of Management theory and practice in the European countries through the cooperation of its members.
As in all similar Organizations there were periods that the Organization was very successful and periods that the association was not performing very well. The decrease of the Management Associations in Europe had an impact in CESIOS History and that was the main reason, that, in 2004 CESIOS was re-launched with the Brand EMA -European Management Association-with the same scope but also with the vision to become the most important network body of Managers all over Europe.