1st Edition

International Perspectives on Museum Management

Edited By Darko Babic Copyright 2025
    270 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    International Perspectives on Museum Management is the first volume of the ICOM Museum Practice series. eExploresing contemporary practices in the field of museum management, the book demonstratingtes how strategic vision and effective leadership can enable museums to fulfill their varied roles and empower staff to achieve their individual and collective objectives.

    Gathering together contributions that shed light on key aspects of running a museum in different parts of the world, the volume examines a wide range of topical issues from a management perspective. Chapters within the volume focus on governance and operations, communication and marketing, accessibility and community engagement, the decline in public funding, and sustainability and risk management, and planning a new museum or a renewal. As a whole, the book demonstrates that competent and creative museum management is vital to museums’ ability to survive and thrive in the face of decreased investment in culture and shifting expectations on the roles that museums should play within society.

    Containing insights from respected museum professionals around the world and focusing on topical issues, International Perspectives on Museum Management will be essential reading for museum practitioners working in all types and sizes of museum. The book will also be of great interest to students and academics who have an interest in museum management.

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    List of contributors




    1- Governance and Operations


    1.1  Empowering Museum Leadership Through Strategic Positioning  by Carol A. Scott

    1.2 Museum Lolland-Falster 2009-2019: Strategic Planning as A Tool for Adaptation  by Ulla Schaltz and Anna-Elisabeth Jensen

    1.3 Transforming Museum Operations Through The Participation Of Friends Of The Natural History Museum In Zimbabwe By Davison Chiwara and Sithokozile Mabahwana

    1.4 The Alchemy Of Museum Planning By Darren Barker And Eric Langham



    2- Communication and Marketing


    2.1 Curating the Museum as A Brand By Matthias Henkel

    2.2 Museum Branding by Social Engagement: A Co-Creation Of Daxi Wood Art Ecomuseum, Taiwan by Joy Chih-Ning Hsin

    2.3 Mining Social Media for Museum Quality Evaluation By Ingrida Kelpšienė, Pedro Luengo, And Costis Dallas

    2.4 Digital Outreach in Museum Development Strategies By Jean-Michel Tobelem And Marie Ballarini

    2.5 Audience Engagement: Experiences from The European Audience Development Project SmART places, By Jasmin Vogel And Britta Lerch


    3- Accessibility and Community Engagement


    3.1 Museums Accessibility in Italy: Past, Present, Future by Annamaria Ravagnan And Enzo Grossi

    3.2 The Pachacamac Site Museum: A Tool for Territorial Management by Denise Pozzi-Escot And Carmen Rosa Uceda 

    3.3 Museums and Community Involvement: A Case Study of Houses of Culture By Sherilyne Jones


    4 - Decline in Public Funding


    4.1 New Governance Models for Museums: The Case of Organizações Sociais In São Paulo, Brazil By Anna Mignosa And Christian Mayer Tibeau 

    4.2 Ethical Fundraising in Museums By Marek Prokůpek 

    4.3 Perspectives on Cultural Philanthropy in Museums: Geneva's Musée D’art Et D’histoire and its Philanthropists By Laura Zani 


    5 - Sustainability and Risk Management


    5.1 Museums and Sustainable Development : A Case Study of The First ‘Green’ Museum In South Africa By Beverley Thomas 

    5.2 Creating Disaster Resilient Museums by Corine Wegener 

    5.3 Calculating Museum Carrying Capacity: Background, Goals, Methodology, By Ivan Grinko And Nikita Luchkov 


    Darko Babić (Associate Professor; PhD in Museum and Heritage Studies) is Chair of the Sub-Department of Museology at the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb (Croatia). After earning his MA in Ethnology and Information Sciences, he gained experience working as project manager on international projects, as an organiser of museum and heritage conferences, as an archivist and as an assistant on national TV. He is active in contributing to the advancement of the museum and heritage profession serving as Board member and Chair of ICOM Croatia, as Board member and Chair of ICOM-ICTOP and as a member of the Supervisory Committee to the European Association for Heritage Interpretation. His research interests include topics related to museums, heritage and their development, management and interpretation. He also has working experience on EU projects and as a free-lance consultant in the museum and heritage sectors, including in non-governmental organisations.