The society is incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation under the legal name, Global Society for Science-Based Management and operates under the style name of "Global Organization Design Society"
The society is governed by a board of up to ten directors who are the only members of the corporation. Six year terms are overlapping to ensure continuity.
Current members of the society's board of directors include:
Ken Shepard, GO President, Canada
Jan Ake Karlsson, Chairman of the Board, Sweden
George Weber, GO Secretary and Treasurer, Canada
Sheila Deane, Australia
Azucena Gorbaran, Argentina
Ron Harding, USA
Paul Lynch, Australia
Paul Tremlett, Canada
As directors reside around the world, most meetings are held by teleconference except at world conferences.
The society has adopted a set of by-laws and generally works through discussion of draft resolutions which become board policy.