Does it matter who is in charge? The influence of the business paradigm on arts leadership and management

Jo Caust


Interpreting the 'arts as business' has become the mantra of the present time. Arts organisations are encouraged to be 'business like' in their operations with corporate style management structures and governance. This paper explores the development of this phenomenon in Australia in particular and questions the rationale for the approach as well as its impact. It does this within the context of a discussion about leadership and management of arts organisations and an exploration of the meaning of these terms in the arts. Finally, there is consideration of the core business of arts organisations and how that may be affected by the changing paradigm.

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Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management; ISSN 1449-1184
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