Managing change and the implications for leadership

Authored by: Ben Walmsley

The Routledge Companion to Arts Management

Print publication date:  September  2019
Online publication date:  September  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138492226
eBook ISBN: 9781351030861
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The contention that change is now the only certainty for arts organizations has almost become a cliché. This is largely because different external drivers of change have combined to create a perfect management storm. Despite this challenging organizational and policy context, there remains a significant gap in our understanding regarding “how change happens and how we can shape its outcomes” (Peacock, 2008, p. 334). This chapter addresses this gap by providing a critical overview of the academic and grey literature on managing change in the arts and by comparing and contrasting the theory with the lived experience of arts managers, leaders and workers. It does this by presenting the findings of an evaluative case study, conducted by the author, of a major change initiative in a large regional producing theatre in the UK.

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