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Management is Dead: Long Live Arts Management

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Management is Dead: Long Live Arts Management
Constance DeVereaux, Nina Zahner, Patrick Germain-Thomas

Many people have wondered what arts management would be like within a framework emerging from its own - rather than borrowed - principles. It’s no secret that publics, worldwide, have lost faith with conventional business practices that emphasize shareholder profit—often at the expense of the public good. And yet, arts organizations and other creative enterprises have long been told that "being more like business" is a best practice. The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer found, across 27 countries, that overall trust in corporate CEOs and government officials was significantly low. They were largely seen as “trust consumers’ rather than “trust generators (Academy of Management Journal 2014).” One response is the current trend in the for-profit sector to adopt purpose driven practices, appealing to principles that many non-profit, public, and creative enterprises already adhere to. Is the era of managerialism at its end? If so, what comes next? This panel brings together researchers investigating concepts of post-management. Some of these practices are already in place in a limited number of arts organizations that have rejected the premise of being “more like business.” Noting that conventional business is outcome based (a consequentialist focus) compared to the practice of art creation and dissemination, which is process focused (a non-consequentialist approach) this panel presents results of investigations into the possibilities for post-management in the arts, culture, and creative sectors. It seeks to answer the question, what does a post-management arts management look like and how does it work to achieve the goals of more art, more audiences, more participation in the arts?


Patrick Germain-Thomas

Novancia CCIR - Business School, Paris
Patrick Germain-Thomas is a sociologist specializing in marketing and policy, especially in relation to contemporary dance. He earned his Ph.D. at l'Élcole des hautes études en sciences sociales in France. Recent publications include, "The subsidized contemporary dance market in... Read More →

Nina Zahner

Junior Professor, Institut für Kulturwissenschaften, University of Leipzig
Nina Tessa Zahner is a Junior Professor in the Department of Cultural Management and Sociology of Culture at the University of Leipzig's Institut für Kulturwissenschaften. She is a co-organizer of the Arts Management Studies Research Stream at the European Sociological Association... Read More →

Friday June 2, 2017 4:15pm - 5:45pm PDT
QMU Brodie Room Queen Margaret Dr, Musselburgh EH21 6UU, UK