1st Edition

Transforming Museum Management Evidence-Based Change through Open Systems Theory

By Yuha Jung Copyright 2022
    134 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    134 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Museums must change to illuminate the histories, cultures, and social issues that matter to their local population. Based on a unique longitudinal ethnographic study, Transforming Museum Management illustrates how a traditional art museum attempted to transform into a more inclusive and community-based institution.

    Using open systems theory and the Buddhist concept of mutual causality, it examines the museum’s internal management structure and culture, programs and exhibitions, and mental models of museum workers. In providing both theoretical and practical foundations to transform management structures, this accessible volume will benefit stakeholders by proposing a new culture and structure to arts institutions, to change practice to be more relevant, diverse, and inclusive.

    This book will be an invaluable resource for researchers and advanced students of museum studies, cultural management, arts administration, non-profit management, and organizational studies.

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    Chapter One: Introduction to Research and Methodology

    Chapter Two: Open Systems Theory and Mutual Causality

    Chapter Three: Entangled Realities between the Museum and Its Community

    Chapter Four: Museum Throughputs and Mental Models

    Chapter Five: Outputs and Outcomes of Museum Change

    Chapter Six: Toward a Deep Learning Museum and Paradigm Shift

    Appendix A: List of Key Participants’ Pseudonyms and Their Affiliations



    Yuha Jung, PhD, is an associate professor of Arts Administration at the University of Kentucky in the United States. She is also an associate editor for the journal Museum Management and Curatorship and a board member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators.

    "The accessibility of this book and the depth of Jung’s comment make it a helpful resource for a variety of stakeholders in the museum sector to reflect on and improve their own practices." Catalina Urtubia Figueroa, The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society