Missionary positions : an examination of the work culture of arts managers in Australia

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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. This thesis contains 3rd party copyright material. ----- In seeking to examine the common elements of the work culture of arts managers, the greatest difficulty was in locating details about: • who they were, • where they worked, and, most particularly, • why they chose to work in arts management. With the exception of Palmer's recent survey, there is no quantitative data available on this important occupational grouping in the arts industry in Australia. The complex structural nature of the industry and the vastly different situations in which arts managers work further complicated the analysis. For this reason, the data collected may hold a bias towards arts managers who work for small to medium, membership-based, not-for-profit arts organisations, predominantly with voluntary boards and committees with a majority of artists holding membership. The principal objectives for this thesis were to locate any data on arts managers, to generate primary qualitative data, where at all possible, and to analyse both sources of data to identify the common elements of a work culture shared by arts managers. Five research methods were utilised to collect, code and analyse data on arts managers: • a literature review of published texts and articles that discussed arts industry, arts managers, arts management and the fields of management theory that related to work motivation and occupational politics; • a questionnaire survey circulated to a selection of 100 arts managers to collect key data on their career development and motivation for working in the field of arts management; • focus group meetings with arts managers discussing arts management issues to complement the empirical data gathered through the questionnaire survey; • summary and coding of the data for analysis from all sources; and, • framing and analysis of the data within contemporary management theory.
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