100 Years of Administrative History of the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza: A Virtual Appendix
37 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2020
Date Written: November 30, 2009
The authors develop a longitudinal case study on 100 years of administrative history of the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy (MIC). The case history is based on an archive analysis of the minutes, reports, and financial accounts of the meetings of the Museum’s Board of Directors over a century.
What follows is a sort of a virtual appendix of the article “Change and continuity in managerialism. A 100 years of administrative history at International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza”, Management and Organizational History (forthcoming). As stated in the abstract, that paper “offers a long-term perspective on the debate on managerial transformations in the public sector: how public sector organisations actually arrived at such changes, what processes, discourses and practices are transformed and how. This is investigated through archival research and a longitudinal analysis of 100 years of the administrative history of an Italian museum. Taking a historical perspective allows us to account for organisational changes that occurred over time, including major reforms in the governance structure and the dynamics of some core managerial features. Such an approach enables a more in-depth, empirically grounded, and historically aware discussion on the so-called rise of managerial issues in the public sector”.
Narrating a 100 year narrative in a 8.000 words journal article is almost impossible, but on the other hand space constraints for journal publications cannot be overcome. What we propose here is a sort of virtual appendix, offering much more detailed description of archive findings compared to what was possible in the article, where we work on interpretation of the findings.
The reader interested in the story is suggested to read the article first, to position the research, the background, the methods, and come back to this in-depth, chronological reconstruction of the Museum’s administrative history for further details, before going back to the article analysis of the data here presented. Rather than summing up the discussion of the article in these pages, we use them as appendixes are normally used.
Keywords: Museum management, Management history, Case study, Archival research
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