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ONLINE - DECEMBER 17-18, 2020
Covid19 - Update

At EIASM, the necessary actions and precautions are being taken to ensure a safe environment for our activities, faculty and participants.

Consequently, we have decided to postpone the face-to-face 2020 Workshop on Managing Arts and Cultural Organisations and instead offer an 

online program this year 





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.


The Submission deadline is over...


Please click HERE to download the workshop programme.



The fees include participation to the online workshop, access to the papers and to list of participants. 

For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
Academic Council
169,40 € (including 29,40 € VAT)
For participants coming from another academic institution 205,70 € (including 35,70 € VAT)

Payments should be made by :

  • The following credit cards: Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard/Access





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