Transforming Museum Management Evidence-Based Change through Open Systems Theory
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.
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
"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