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Luca ZAN
Bologna University - Italy 

  Emmanuel  COBLENCE 
ISG - Institut Supérieur de Gestion - France

Frederic KLETZ
MINES ParisTech - France


Arts organizations, heritage sites, exhibitions centres, galleries, museums, archaeological sites and performing arts institutions, both public and private, are increasingly being pressured to improve operational efficiency, to take a more commercial view of their purpose and activities, but also to demonstrate a positive impact on society and their communities. The international financial crisis made conflicts of interest more intense, and the very survival of many arts institutions more challenging. Recent social and political pressures (e.g. migration, populism, repatriation of artworks, sustainability…) have further contributed to transform arts organizations. In this complex context that increases organizational tensions and paradoxes, the very nature of these organizations is called into question: their core activities (such as collecting, curating, teaching, creating and interacting with the public) depend enormously on the management of increasingly constrained resources and responses to institutional pressures. Processes of privatisation and ‘managerialisation’, as well as increased entrepreneurial activity, are often suggested as the solution for the survival of such entities – and, equally often, are challenged.

In this context, the aim of this 2020 workshop in Paris is to provide a forum for ongoing dialogue between diverse and in some cases conflicting views on the management of arts organizations and cultural institutions. Following the first six workshops (London, January 2001; Bologna, December 2004, September 2008, September 2012, December 2015; Oxford, November 2018), we aim to attract a variety of practice-based and/or research-oriented contributions on the current dynamics of arts organizations.

Our goal is to bring together scholars from various disciplines and building on multiple empirical contexts, to debate on the current trends of arts organizations. We encourage co-authoring by professionals and academics, as well as creative manners for presenting field research (such as photos, videos, posters, exhibitions or poems,…).

PhD students are also encouraged to submit proposals.


The Workshop is based on a call for papers that encompasses a variety of empirical trends and theoretical perspectives on arts organizations. The following are some suggestions for possible topics to be addressed, without setting any limitation as to other potential themes and perspectives:

  • Professions, professionalization and creative occupations: emerging trends
  • Human resource management in the arts: threats, fears and opportunities
  • Power and politics: the dark side of arts and cultural organizations?
  • Critical management studies in the arts
  • The “matter” of arts: materiality, corporeality, tools, devices and artefacts
  • Organizational creativity in cultural organizations: organizational design and processes
  • The social construction of notions of efficiency, effectiveness and performance in art organizations
  • Profitability, self-financing, autonomy, or simply accountability: surviving in the long run
  • The impact of the financial crisis on arts and creative organizations
  • Privatization, outsourcing, PPPs…: re-organization beyond ideologies
  • Conflicting discourses? Articulating cultural policies, managerial processes and artistic practice
  • The rise and fall of New Public Management in public arts organizations
  • Innovation in arts organizations: governance structures, social processes and artistic outputs
  • Identity, sense, meanings and symbols in creative products
  • Managing the heritage chain from archaeological discovery to museum access
  • Audience development, involvement and participation
  • Arts and its publics: new approaches and devices of mediation
  • New trends in the sociology of cultural consumption: unpacking the 'Experience Turn'
  • Arts and the rise of digitalization: towards data-driven cultural organizations?
  • Value creation in the arts and creative industries
  • Arts entrepreneurship: entrepreneurs, organizations and business models
  • Reconciling market-orientation and the aesthetic/historic/professional point of view
  • What does sustainability mean in arts organizations?
  • National variations and commonalities in managing arts and cultural organizations
  • Western-centrism and "the rest of the world": open perspectives
  • The role of international agencies and their impact in the preservation/disappearance of local specificities
  • Partnerships between local and international institutions: in reality, who leads?
  • New territories: individual organizations, local communities, clusters, and urban and regional development
  • Teaching and researching in the arts: the specificities of the arts management scholar?

Papers accepted for presentation will be organized in parallel sessions by theme.

Each paper will be assigned a discussant to enhance a thorough discussion of the papers.


To present a paper at the workshop, authors should submit
an abstract by 

June 26, 2020

Abstracts’ length should be maximum 1 000 words (without references).

To be acceptable, proposals MUST be submitted only through this web site!!
All submissions must be in English.

Please click HERE to submit ON LINE.‚Äč


Notification of acceptance: by the end of July, 2020
Author's registration: September 15, 2020
Full paper submission: October 30, 2020



The workshop will take place in the premises of the 

MINES ParisTech
60 bd Saint-Michel
75006 Paris


The workshop will informally start on Wednesday December 16 around 6pm with a visit of the School of Mines Mineralogy Museum. This will be followed by a welcome cocktail. 

The scientific part of the Workshop will start on Thursday, December 17 around 9am and is scheduled to end at approximately 5pm on the following day.


The following hotels are located in the close surroundings of MINESParis Tech

Hotel des Grands Hommes
17 Place du Panthéon 75005 Paris

Hotel Saint-Paul Rive-Gauche
43 Rue Monsieur le Prince - 75006 PARIS

Hotel des Balcons
3, rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris

Hotel des Mines
125, boulevard Saint Michel - 75005, Paris


Details will be available soon.


Ms. Graziella Michelante - EIASM Conference Manager
EIASM - Passage du Nord 19 - 1000 Brussels - BELGIUM
Tel: +32 2 226 66 62 - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29
Email: michelante@eiasm.be