Museums and the Paradox of Change

Museums and the Paradox of Change

Museums Association (MA), UK 331–2, 349, 367; Museums 2020 project 342–3 Museums Service Act (MSA) 260 Museums West 40 Nanus, Bert 213 National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy 338 National Institute of Museums, ...

Author: Robert R. Janes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135958145

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

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Museums throughout the world are under increasing pressure in the wake of the 2008/2009 economic recession and the many pressing social and environmental issues that are assuming priority. The major focus of concern in the global museum community is the sustainability of museums in light of these pressures, not to mention falling attendance and the challenges of the digital world. Museums and the Paradox of Change provides a detailed account of how a major Canadian museum suffered a 40 percent loss in its operating budget and went on to become the most financially self-sufficient of the ten largest museums in Canada. This book is the most detailed case study of its kind and is indispensable for students and practitioners alike. It is also the most incisive published account of organizational change within a museum, in part because it is honest, open and reflexive. Janes is the first to bring perspectives drawn from complexity science into the discussion of organizational change in museums and he introduces the key concepts of complexity, uncertainty, nonlinearity, emergence, chaos and paradox. This revised and expanded third edition also includes new writing on strengthening museum management, as well as reflections on new opportunities and hazards for museums. It concludes with six ethical responsibilities for museum leaders and managers to consider. Janes provides pragmatic solutions grounded in a theoretical context, and highlights important issues in the management of museums that cannot be ignored.
Categories: Social Science

Managing Change in Museums and Galleries

Managing Change in Museums and Galleries

Rather than restricting yourself to the usual annual museum conference, offer a session to a conference in another ... 2 R.R. Janes, Museums and the paradox of change:A case study in urgent adaptation (third edition, Routledge 2013), p.

Author: Piotr Bienkowski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000364736

Category: Art

Page: 210

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Managing Change in Museums and Galleries is the first practical book to provide guidance on how to deal with organisational change in museums, galleries or heritage organisations. Written by two authors who have direct experience of leading change, running change programmes and advising on change in more than 250 museums and galleries, the book identifies the various problems, issues and challenges that any professional in a museum or heritage organisation is likely to encounter and provides advice on how to deal with them. The book’s six parts treat change holistically, and help the reader understand what change entails, prepare for it and lead it, ensure that everyone in the museum is involved, understand what can go wrong and evaluate and learn from it. Each chapter is devoted to a specific challenge that is often encountered during change and is extensively cross-referenced to other relevant chapters. Including a list of helpful resources and suggestions of useful publications for further reading, this book is a unique guide to change in museums. Managing Change in Museums and Galleries is an essential resource for all museum practitioners – whether they be the people in museums and galleries who are leading change, or those affected by change as a leader, a member of staff or a volunteer.
Categories: Art

Museums in a Troubled World

Museums in a Troubled World

31 32 33 34 35 36 38 39 41 42 44 45 46 48 49 50 51 museums as organizations, and about the field of museums as an ... In R.R. Janes, Museums and the Paradox of Change: A Case Study in Urgent Adaptation, Calgary, Canada: Glenbow Museum ...

Author: Robert R. Janes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134041695

Category: Art

Page: 208

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Are Museums Irrelevant? Museums are rarely acknowledged in the global discussion of climate change, environmental degradation, the inevitability of depleted fossil fuels, and the myriad local issues concerning the well-being of particular communities – suggesting the irrelevance of museums as social institutions. At the same time, there is a growing preoccupation among museums with the marketplace, and museums, unwittingly or not, are embracing the values of relentless consumption that underlie the planetary difficulties of today. Museums in a Troubled World argues that much more can be expected of museums as publicly supported and knowledge-based institutions. The weight of tradition and a lack of imagination are significant factors in museum inertia and these obstacles are also addressed. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, combining anthropology ethnography, museum studies and management theory, this book goes beyond conventional museum thinking. Robert R. Janes explores the meaning and role of museums as key intellectual and civic resources in a time of profound social and environmental change. This volume is a constructive examination of what is wrong with contemporary museums, written from an insider’s perspective that is grounded in both hope and pragmatism. The book’s conclusions are optimistic and constructive, and highlight the unique contributions that museums can make as social institutions, embedded in their communities, and owned by no one.
Categories: Art

Museums without Borders

Museums without Borders

In her Foreword to the third edition of my book Museums and the Paradox of Change, Nina Simon wrote “This book shows you what change looks like, what it takes, and what rewards exist when you try” (Simon 2013: xvi).

Author: Robert R. Janes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317443247

Category: Social Science

Page: 412

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Drawing together nearly 40 years of experience, Museums without Borders presents the key works of one of the most respected practitioners and scholars in the field. Through these selected writings, Robert R. Janes demonstrates that museums have a broader role to play in society than is conventionally assumed. He approaches the fundamental questions of why museums exist and what they mean in terms of identity, community, and the future of civil life. This book consists of four Parts: Indigenous Peoples; Managing Change; Social Responsibility, and Activism and Ethics. The Parts are ordered chronologically and each begins with an introduction and an overview of the ensuing articles which situates the papers in their historical and cultural contexts. Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines anthropology, ethnography, museum studies and management theory, Janes both questions and supports mainstream museum practice in a constructive and self-reflective manner, offering readers alternative viewpoints on important issues. Considering concepts not generally recognized in museum practice, such as the Roman leadership model of primus inter pares and the Buddhist concept of mindfulness, Janes argues that the global museum community must examine how they can meet the needs of the planet and its inhabitants. Museums without Borders charts the evolving role of the contemporary museum in the face of environmental, societal and ethical challenges, and explores issues that have, and will, continue to shape the museum sector for decades to come. This book demonstrates that it is both reasonable and essential to expand the purpose of museums at this point in history – not only because of their unique characteristics and value to society, but also because of Janes’ respect and admiration for their rich legacy. It is time that museums assist in the creation of a new, caring, and more conscious future for themselves and their communities. This can only be done through authentic engagement with contemporary issues and aspirations.
Categories: Social Science

Managing People and Projects in Museums

Managing People and Projects in Museums

John Kotter, Leading Change (Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1996). 8. Nathan Bennett and James ... Robert Janes, Museums and the Paradox of Change (Calgary: Glenbow Museum and the University of Calgary Press, 1997), 30. 19.

Author: Martha Morris

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442273672

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

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In Managing People and Projects in Museums, readers will discover a practical guide to managing projects and important lessons about the critical role of individuals in the museum workplace. The chapters are illustrated with the experiences and observations of the author and other museum professionals as well as literature from the field. Specifically, the book covers organizational behavior theory, strategic planning, and staffing and human resource development, contemporary leadership challenges, and ethical decision-making. The book provides details on selecting projects, and creating policies that support sound decision systems. Additional topics covered include: the steps in planning a project including chartering, establishing timelines and assigning roles, and developing budgets. Several management issues that are common pitfalls in museum projects are highlighted, including means of resolving conflict. The text examines the formation of high performing teams with an emphasis on understanding individual differences and communications, and the important role of the project manager. The final chapters of the book include tips on evaluation of project success and a set of nine actual case studies from a variety of types and sizes of museums. The Appendix includes helpful project decision templates, charters, and other management tools used by museums today, along with hypothetical exercises.
Categories: Business & Economics

Museum Activism

Museum Activism

Bodhi, V. B. (2015) 'Climate change as a moral call to social transformation', One Earth Sangha, 20 November. Online. ... Janes, R. R. (2013a) Museums and the Paradox of Change, Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

Author: Robert R. Janes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351251020

Category: Art

Page: 406

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Only a decade ago, the notion that museums, galleries and heritage organisations might engage in activist practice, with explicit intent to act upon inequalities, injustices and environmental crises, was met with scepticism and often derision. Seeking to purposefully bring about social change was viewed by many within and beyond the museum community as inappropriately political and antithetical to fundamental professional values. Today, although the idea remains controversial, the way we think about the roles and responsibilities of museums as knowledge based, social institutions is changing. Museum Activism examines the increasing significance of this activist trend in thinking and practice. At this crucial time in the evolution of museum thinking and practice, this ground-breaking volume brings together more than fifty contributors working across six continents to explore, analyse and critically reflect upon the museum’s relationship to activism. Including contributions from practitioners, artists, activists and researchers, this wide-ranging examination of new and divergent expressions of the inherent power of museums as forces for good, and as activists in civil society, aims to encourage further experimentation and enrich the debate in this nascent and uncertain field of museum practice. Museum Activism elucidates the largely untapped potential for museums as key intellectual and civic resources to address inequalities, injustice and environmental challenges. This makes the book essential reading for scholars and students of museum and heritage studies, gallery studies, arts and heritage management, and politics. It will be a source of inspiration to museum practitioners and museum leaders around the globe.
Categories: Art

Systems Thinking in Museums

Systems Thinking in Museums

Peacock, “Making Ways for Change.” 6. Janes, Robert R., Museums and the Paradox of Change (Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2013). 7. Ibid. 8. Anne Bergeron and Beth Tuttle, Magnetic: The Art and Science of Engagement (Washington, DC: American ...

Author: Yuha Jung

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442279254

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 276

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Systems Thinking in Museums explores systems thinking and the practical implication of it using real-life museum examples to illuminate various entry points and stages of implementation and their challenges and opportunities. Its premise is that museums can be better off when they operate as open, dynamic, and learning systems as a whole as opposed to closed, stagnant, and status quo systems that are compartmentalized and hierarchical. This book also suggests ways to incorporate systems thinking based on reflective questions and steps with hopes to encourage museum professionals to employ systems thinking in their own museum. Few books explore theory in practice in meaningful and applicable ways; this book offers to unravel complex theories as applied in everyday practice through examples from national and international museums.
Categories: Business & Economics

Reinventing the Museum

Reinventing the Museum

Persistent Paradoxes Robert lanes I am not sure that there is a more incisive statement than this of the effort ... Despite the many ef— forts at change currently underway in Canadian museums, however modest, there remains little or no ...

Author: Gail Anderson

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759115781

Category: History

Page: 416

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This reader brings together 35 seminal articles that reflect the museum world's ongoing conversation with itself and the public about what it means to be a museum—one that is relevant and responsive to its constituents and always examining and reexamining its operations, policies, collections, and programs. In conjunction with the editor's introductory material and recommended additional readings these articles will help students grasp the essentials of the dialogue and guide them on where to turn for further details and developments.
Categories: History