Managerialism and the arts : a complete and utter bloody waste of time
Glow, Hilary and Minahan, Stella 2007, Managerialism and the arts : a complete and utter bloody waste of time, in ANZAM 2007 : Managing our intellectual and social capital, Promaco Conventions, Canning Bridge, W.A., pp. 1-19.
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Managerialism has been adopted with alacrity by Australian government agencies across multiple sectors. Studies of managerialism in concept and practice have been undertaken in some public sectors but not from a critical management perspective. This position paper examines the contribution of organization theory to an understanding of managerialism. Here we challenge the appropriateness and effectiveness of new managerialism generally, and for the arts in particular, through an analysis of conflict between an Artistic Director, General Manager and Board in a key Australian community arts organization. We call for further research into the appropriateness of management theory and practice for the arts; and seek better ways of managing our cultural capital.
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