Museums and the Paradox of Change

Museums and the Paradox of Change

The first two editions of Museums and the Paradox of Change (1995; 1997) chronicled what happened when the Glenbow Museum confronted bank- ruptcy as a result of severe funding reductions from the Province ofAlberta, Canada – its major ...

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

New staffing structures, new working patterns and relationships and new people may be a result of the change being ... 5 For a detailed case study of managing layoffs in a museum, see R.R. Janes, Museums and the paradox of change:A case ...

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.
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Museums in a Troubled World

Museums in a Troubled World

26 R. Farson, Management of the Absurd: Paradoxes in Leadership, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996, p. ... In R.R. Janes, Museums and the Paradox of Change: A Case Study in Urgent Adaptation, Calgary, Canada: Glenbow Museum and the ...

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.
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Museums without Borders

Museums without Borders

Harrison, J. (2005) “Shaping Collaboration: Considering Institutional Culture,” Museum Management and Curatorship, 20 (3): 206–210. Janes, R. R. (2013) Museums and the Paradox of Change: A Case Study in Urgent Adaptation (3rd Edition), ...

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

Change Is Required

Change Is Required

Preparing for the Post-Pandemic Museum Avi Y. Decter, Marsha L. Semmel, Ken Yellis. Carr, David. Open Conversations: Public Learning in Libraries and Museums. ... Janes, Robert R. Museums and the Paradox of Change, 3rd ed.

Author: Avi Y. Decter

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538161678

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

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Change Is Required will empower museum professionals, institutional leaders, funders and supporters to address the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, economic dislocation, and social protest and stimulate new thinking about the future directions of museums in America.
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.
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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

Management in Museums

Management in Museums

BIBLIOGRAPHY Ainslie , Patricia ( 1996 ) ' The Deaccessioning Strategy at Glenbow , 199297 ' , Museum Management and Curatorship ( Elsevier Science ... Janes , Robert ( 1995 ) Museums and the Paradox of Change ( Calgary : Glenbow ) .

Author: Kevin Moore

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0485900084

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

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Management in museums has become a key issue in the past decade, a reflection of the challenges that museums face in operating in a a rapidly changing environment. Research in this field has developed significantly and this volume brings together some major contributions. The authors are either academics in the management field or museum managers themselves, the latter reflecting either on museum practice in the general, or utilising organisational theory to analyse their personal experiences.
Categories: Social Science