Managing the performance of arts organisations: pursuing heterogeneous objectives in an era of austerity

Abdullah, Aminah, Khadaroo, Iqbal and Napier, Christopher (2017) Managing the performance of arts organisations: pursuing heterogeneous objectives in an era of austerity. British Accounting Review. ISSN 0890-8389 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This study provides insight into how two national arts
organisations located in London manage their performance in the pursuit of heterogeneous objectives, within the confines of external influences. These organisations significantly rely on the government for funding and
are therefore required to implement policy initiatives, albeit at arm's length from the government. Performance management systems (PMSs) were primarily designed to enable trustees discharge their statutory duties of collecting, preserving, and displaying objects and works of arts, which
were reflected in a management agreement containing the government's strategic priorities. The findings show that the changing politico-economic climate has subtly started to change values, accountability relationships and realities in the field of arts and culture. Whilst arts
organisations emphasised socio-cultural objectives in strategic planning and operational processes, external pressures arising from austerity has subtly started to displace socio-cultural values. Business language, vocabularies, and tools commonly used in the private sector are insidiously taking roots in arts organisations. Austerity provided a signal to executives that the survival of their core activities was at stake and, they have to engage in income generating activities to support
their core activities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Performance management; control; museums; art galleries; austerity
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance > HJ9701 Public accounting. Auditing
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF1338 Public administration
Depositing User: Iqbal Khadaroo
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 14:40
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2017 14:40
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70395

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