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Talangfabriken: Om organisation av kunskap och kreativitet i skivindustrin
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2010 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
The Talent Factory : the organization of knowledge and creativity in the record industry (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this dissertation is to describe, explain and understand how record companies identify and develop new music and new talent. The analysis is carried out on three levels: individual, organizational and sector level. In a record company, this task formally goes to A&R (Artist and Repertoire). This dissertation takes its point of departure in how the capacity for discovering new talent can be understood in terms of knowledge, creativity and competence and how this capacity is affected in the meeting between the record company and the industry.

The theoretical framework of the dissertation spans two sociological fields: the sociology of organizations and the sociology of knowledge. While it takes its organizational starting point in the Knowledge Company Approach, it employs a practice-based approach to discuss knowledge. I argue that within the Knowledge company approach there are two contrasting ways to understand knowledge; a distinction is made between knowledge- and creativity-intensive enterprises. The results show that the record industry’s polarized structure can be seen as a result of the Knowledge Company’s typical problems.

The A&R’s work is described as including two phases, one intuitive and one analytical. The intuitive assessment is direct, unconscious and without reflection. This ability has been described as "intuition" and "gut feeling". The analytical phase adds analysis and reflection based on knowledge. The results from the interviews with A&R’s reveal the limit of formal and explicit knowledge not only in the choice of music but also in the marketing strategies.

The overarching picture is one in which record companies move in a space characterized by tension between dichotomous forces – art and commercialism, creativity and knowledge, culture and economy, chaos and order, but where opposite poles are not mutually exclusive but complementary.

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Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2010. , 205 p.
Stockholm studies in sociology, ISSN 0491-0885 ; N.S., 46
Keyword [sv]
Kunskap, kreativitet, kompetens, kunskapsföretag, praktisk yrkeskunskap, musikbranschen, skivindustrin
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42794ISBN: 978-91-86071-46-2OAI: diva2:352204
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2010-10-22, Nordensköldsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2010-09-30 Created: 2010-09-14 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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