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1st Edition

Transforming Museum Management
Evidence-Based Change through Open Systems Theory

ISBN 9780367136031
Published August 12, 2021 by Routledge
134 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures



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


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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.