Project management in the culture industry: Balancing structure and creativity
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2011

The paper presents a study of the Swedish culture industry and emphasises the ability to structure the projects yet enabling openness for emergent properties in project work in the culture industry. While project management in conventional industry risks being routinised or even bureaucratised, the culture industry is demonstrating a persistent ability to navigate between complementary qualities, thereby maintaining a dynamic project management practice. This virtue is captured by the concept of play, based on the duality of rule-adherence and individual and collective creativity. In the culture industry, structured around a series of temporal 'productions' (e.g., a play, a series of concerts, etc.), uncertainty, complexity, and temporality are factors that influence the work. However, the ideology of the culture industry emphasising expression of ideas and creativity enables a project management practice affirmative of emergent conditions. Thus, the work never ossifies into being merely rule-governed procedures but is balancing the two qualities innate to all play.

rules

ideas

culture

complementary qualities

emergent properties

ideologies

temporality

cultural industries

individual creativity

temporal productions

drama

bureaucracy

duality

play

routines

project management

concerts

rule-governed procedures

Sweden

uncertainty

openness

project organisation

collective creativity

emergent conditions

complexity

plays

arts

rule-adherence

Författare

Alexander Styhre

Göteborgs universitet

Sofia Börjesson

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Innovation and R&D Management

International Journal of Project Organisation and Management

1740-2891 (ISSN) 1740-2905 (eISSN)

Vol. 3 1 22-35

Ämneskategorier

Företagsekonomi

DOI

10.1504/IJPOM.2011.038862