Managing Museums And Galleries

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Overview

The current economic climate, coupled with an all-embracing need for museums and galleries to respond to "the market", make a proper grounding in management essential. The "bottom line" is one of the most powerful measures of management performance. Museums and galleries invariably have a neural bottom line, they are not set up to make a profit and many of them are constrained by governmental accounting rules and charity legislation. Managing these organisations is difficult and this book tackles the issues that make it easier. Managing Museums and Galleries examines the highly sophisticated principles and techniques of modern business management from the perspective of museums and galleries and delineates their practical application. The book surveys the day-to-day issues of time management, delegation and recruitment. It also examines the problems of strategic planning and initiating and controlling change. The study incorporates the needs of all museum sectors and discusses the management parallels, links and similarities between museums, galleries and commerce.
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Meet the Author

Michael A. Fopp is Director of the Royal Air Force Museum, London. He has twenty years of museum experience, of which more than half has been spent directing major museums in the independent and national sector.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The history of management and the museum context 7
2 Managing yourself: the 'player manager' 34
3 Managing other people 48
4 Choosing your team 56
5 Developing staff 69
6 Communication 76
7 Leadership 88
8 Strategic planning and the management of resources 112
9 Managing organisations 122
10 Organisation structure 135
11 Structural patterns and the division of work 148
12 Culture, conflict and change 161
13 Total Quality Management in museums and galleries 179
14 Conclusions for museum managers 185
Appendix Code of Financial Practice example 189
Glossary 206
Useful addresses 227
Bibliography 234
Index 238
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