Managerialisation Processes and Performance in Arts Organisations: The Archaeological Museum of Bologna

Scandinavian Journal of Management, Vol. 15, 1999

Posted: 18 Feb 2020

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Luca Zan

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Abstract

The extension of management discourse to public-sector entities in Italy comes up against a particularly interesting case in museums and art organisations. Here more than anywhere else, perhaps, the rhetoric of managerialisation faces serious problems in understanding the nature of such anomalous organisations, and defining frameworks for representing their performances. In such a context management knowledge often leads to radical conflicts with well established professional discourses (museology, museography, history of art, etc.). Rather than a simplistic, pre-defined and ready-to-use exercise in performance valuationa, the article suggests a more modest approach, processual in nature, whereby performance representation is open to dialogue with the basic features of the substantive culture of the professionals and the central role they still occupy in the management of these kinds of organisation.

Keywords: Museum management, Art organisations, Non-profit organisations, Managerialisation processes, New public sector, Performance evaluation

JEL Classification: M10, M13 ,M14, M20, N80

Suggested Citation

Zan, Luca, Managerialisation Processes and Performance in Arts Organisations: The Archaeological Museum of Bologna. Scandinavian Journal of Management, Vol. 15, 1999, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1094275

Luca Zan (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

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Bologna, 40126
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