After finishing this course, you will have learned to|
- historically contextualise the creative industries from an institutional perspective;
- explain the connection between cultural production and principles of organizing;
- critically evaluate different ways of organizing creative work;
- clarify how the theoretical concepts of discourse, institutional complexity, sensemaking and social capital relate to creative work.
The creative industries encompass of a variety of heterogeneous firms that circulate stories, images, songs and other forms of ‘symbolic creativity’. Moreover, since they include multinational corporations that are driven by commercial imperatives as well as non-profit organizations with a predominantly societal function, the creative industries are characterized by widely divergent – and often contradictory – organizing principles. As a consequence, they are often seen as institutionally complex and higly ambivalent.|
This course aims to explore how the creative industries are effectively organized in view of their institional complexity. It adopts the theoretical concept of ‘institutions’ to examine how everyday practices within the creative industries are influenced by shared frames of reference that allow for people to make sense of their personal experiences, build a collective narrative and connect their own ideas with a larger network of meanings. As such, the institutional framework helps to explain how current principles for organizing the creative industries are socially and historically constructed, infused with value, embodied in people’s behaviours and materialized in infrastructures. The course addresses topics such as cultural entrepreneurship, creative clusters, cross-sector collaboration, government policies and organizational culture.
Essay and group assignment