The first lecture of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation’s School of Museum Leadership public lecture series. Broadcast in Russian.
Leadership is at once a familiar and mystifying concept: you know it when you see it, but it’s hard to describe what it really is, or how it works, or how to make it happen. This lecture will present some up to date research about leadership in general, and about the specific nature of leadership in museums, to lay the groundwork for the rest of the sessions. We will present recent research from the UK on how museum leaders describe their own practices, particularly focusing on how they do not conform to some common myths about leadership in other organisations, and instead do things that other leaders could learn from.
Dr Pegram Harrison’s research and teaching concern entrepreneurship and leadership in cultural contexts. Since 2008 he has taught entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy and heritage management to students and executives at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. He also runs Saïd’s programme of teaching and research called “Engaging with the Humanities”. He helped to start the Oxford Cultural Leaders Programme and the Oxford Heritage Programme, and is a member of the Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and of Brasenose College, Oxford. He also coordinates a joint research programme with the University of Bologna on management and the humanities. These initiatives link researchers with cultural institutions, policy leaders, development agencies, digital technology providers and civic officials. Beyond Oxford, Dr Harrison works with various cultural organisations on research into new business models for enhancing museum leadership and engagement; he is also a member of Cultural Associates Oxford, a management consultancy offering entrepreneurial thinking for the cultural and creative sectors.
Moderator: Sofia Kondratieva, independent museum expert, PhD in history, MA in Cultural Management, curator of exhibitions, publishing and event projects.
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